's recent iPhone OS 4.0 event
, the company's CEO (Steve Jobs) stated that around 450,000 iPad units had been sold in around a week in the United States. Now, that number is hovering around half a million. Basically, Apple never expected that many iPads to fly off of store shelves, and while Apple will certainly take the demand, it's putting them in a bind when it comes to distribution.
The company recently came forward with some rather annoying news if you're not living in America: there aren't enough iPad units to go around, and now the international launch is being delayed because of it. Basically, America is eating up every iPad that Apple can produce, and the company even admits that "demand is far higher than [they] predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad."
This "surprisingly strong U.S. demand" has led to Apple delaying the international iPad launch by a month, until the end of May. Apple knows that the international community will be upset, but there's little they can do at this point. So, time to import, or just wait patiently?