Apple announced today that it shipped more than 500,000 iPads in the first week it was on the market. As a result of high demand, Apple is going to delay offering the iPad outside the U.S. until May.
The iPad is now scheduled to be released internationally by the end of May; Apple will announce pricing information and begin taking online pre-orders on May 10.
The version of the tablet computer with support for AT&T’s 3G network is still scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the month.
An Overview of the Apple iPad
The iPad is Apple’s answer to the netbook. It’s a device that packs more functionality than a smartphone, but is also more portable than a laptop.
Since it lacks a built-in physical keyboard, users enter text on the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel, capacitative touchscreen while on the go. Apple also offers a Keyboard Dock for typing, plus the iPad will support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
The tablet computer will run the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor, and come with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging email and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.
In addition, it will be able to access the iTunes Store to buy music, TV shows, movies and games. A new iBooks app will let users buy and read books.
The iPad is going to be 0.5 inches thick and weigh 1.5 pounds, and Apple promises a battery life of up to 10 hours.