International iPad launch pushed back to May 10

Folks who were hoping to grab an iPad outside the United States late this month will have to bide their time a little longer. According to the Associated Press, Apple has pushed back its tablet's global debut until May 10.

Apple didn't miss a chance to spin this development positively. The AP quotes a statement by the company that says, "We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason — the iPad is a runaway success in the U.S. thus far."

Sales of the iPad do sound relatively strong—Apple announced earlier this month that it had managed to sell 300,000 units on the launch day alone. The total had risen to over 500,000 by the time Steve Jobs got on stage to discuss iPhone OS 4 a few days later.

Unexpectedly high demand may not be the only factor at play here, though. About a month and a half ago, the rumor mill dropped hints that Foxconn had run into production problems that would seriously curb the number of iPad units available at launch. The AP talks of similar predictions by analysts, too.

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