After delay, iPad ready for international release


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International customers hoping to get their hands on Apple’s iPad will be happy to know that they will only need to wait a little while longer.

Apple announced Friday that it will release both the Wi-Fi-only version of the iPad and the 3G model to customers in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland on May 28. The company will start taking pre-orders this Monday.


Apple’s announcement of the iPad’s international availability has been a long time coming. Originally it was supposed to be released to international customers at the end of April, but was delayed indefinitely because of what Apple said was unexpectedly high demand in the U.S. More than 1 million iPads have sold nationwide since the device’s April 3 launch.

This roll-out is just the beginning of Apple’s international push. It plans to bring both iPad versions to more places -- including Mexico, Austria, and Hong Kong -- in July.

-- Don Reisinger