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Apple iPad available end of May in Europe

The Apple iPad will be available at the end of May in Europe. Apple announced this morning that due to strong sales in the US of the Apple iPad, they have delayed international delivery for about a month.

Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

Apple reports that the high demand is responsible for the delay in international shipments. International delivery will take place at the end of May. Details and pre-orders will be announced on May 10th.

The Wi-Fi version of the iPad hit the the U.S. on April 3, while models offering Wi-Fi + 3G are supposed to be available the end of April. But customers were able to pre-order the tablet starting March 12. Both the Wi-Fi and 3G versions were initially cleared to launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. at the end of this month.

The iPad’s Wi-Fi-only version costs $499 for 16GB of memory, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G edition will cost $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.