Strong US customer demand for Apple's iPad is likely being repeated in the UK. Those pre-ordering any of the six variations of Apple's new device may now have to wait until next month for delivery.
Currently the UK Apple Store has 'Ships: By June 7th' for the iPad, over a week later than the official launch date. Faced with "surprisingly strong" US demand Apple delayed the iPad launch internationally in nine countries - Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK - until the end of May.
It is our understanding that customers who pre-ordered prior to today will still recieve their iPads on the 28 May, although anybody ordering now will have to wait until the second batch arrives on 7 June. It is not known how many iPads Apple will have reserved for sale in its stores on the official launch of 28 May.
Apple announced earlier this month it had sold its one millionth iPad just 28 days after the product’s US launch.
For those who have already pre-ordered, the iPad will be available in the UK from Friday 28 May for a suggested retail price of £429 for the 16GB model, £499 for 32GB and £599 for 64GB Wi-Fi models. The Wi-Fi + 3G models start at £529 for 16GB, £599 for 32GB and £699 for 64GB. All prices include VAT. Additionally, Apple plans to release the iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore sometime in July.