Apple delays iPad 2 launch in Japan to focus on recovering from disaster

“Apple Inc said it will delay the launch of the iPad 2 tablet computer in Japan, in the wake of last week’s earthquake and tsunami,” Gabriel Madway reports for Reuters.

“Apple had planned to start selling the device in Japan on March 25. The company did not provide a rescheduled launch date,” Madway reports. “‘We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster,’ said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.”

Madway reports, “Kerris said the company’s decision to delay sales in Japan had nothing to do with any component supply shortages… Roughly 5 percent of Apple’s revenue came from Japan in the December quarter.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. UPS will no longer deliver to Japan, per a biz guy I know whose orders were returned to him today.

    “UPS just came by and returned all the rush overnight packages we’d sent to Japan yesterday for customers
    there, they are not shipping there anymore at this time.”

      1. No, no sarcasm. Apple is a real class act. Delaying the launch of a premier produxt and opening it’s stores to employees, employees’ family and others. It’s definitely deserving of major kudos. Premium products. Premium customer support. Premium humanitian mindset. I probably don’t share a lot of political views of Apple execs, but I am very pleased to see the company I’ve spent boocoo dollars do the phenomenal things theyre doing in the aftermath of this tragedy.

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