iPad release delayed in UK and Europe

Apple just sent us a note about the iPad. We’ll summarise: 

The iPad is great, lots of Americans want it. You have bad teeth and we don’t care about your money as much, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer. kthxbai. 
At least, that’s kinda what it sounded like.
Yup, it’s true. Apple really thinks that because their American launch has gone too well – leaving them without enough iPads to meet demand – that it’s OK to delay launch in the rest of the world. We won’t be getting the iPad now until the “end of May”. A full two months later than our Stateside brethren – and a month later than first announced. 
This sentence directly from the press release genuinely made me spit milky tea across my desk: 
“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 US thus far.” 
Yes, Apple. We love being lumped into a generic category. We love that you look at your business as predominantly American, with a secondary market called “International”. We love being treated as second class customers. And, most of all, we really love that you’re giving our iPads – the ones manufactured to meet “International” demand – to the American market.
Though, sarcasm aside, we can understand how your priorities have evolved. If you’re going to upset anyone, it’s probably best if it’s not the section of your market with free access to hand guns. 
At least we now know when they’ll announce pricing though – the 10th of May, says the press release. 4 days after the general election. A more cynical blogger than I might suggest the two things could be connected… 
By the way, this news comes scorch-footed on the heels of controversial changes to Apple’s developer regs that effectively ban Flash applications from the iPhone. Bet you can imagine how pleased Adobe are about that, considering that many of the big new features in Flash CS5 (including new app Flash Catalyst and the newly included Flash Builder) are aimed at application creation. 

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