Japanese iPad 2 launch delayed

The launch of the iPad 2 in Japan has been postponed indefinitely as the country attempts to cope with the wake of the earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris told All Things Digital's John Paczkowski the delay was necessary while a massive recovery effort was underway. The second-generation iPad was to go on sale in Japan on March 25.

“We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster. Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, including our employees and their families, who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy [sic].” The Japanese debut of the iPad had been slated for March 25, the device’s international launch day. Its new launch date has not yet been set,'' she said.

The iPad 2 is still set to go on sale March 25 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.

The iPad delay came just days after Microsoft announced it would delay the launch of Internet Explorer 9 in the stricken country, citing a desire to reduce network load at a time when communications infrastructure was stressed to breaking point. IE9 was officially launched in most nations yesterday.

Neowin also reported yesterday that Apple Stores in Japan are working to support staff and members of the public in the immediate aftermath of the 9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. According to AppleInsider, Japanese sales made up 5.4 percent of Apple's overall revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The site also quoted analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray as saying the quake disaster could wipe as much as US$202 million off Apple's in the March quarter.

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Who cares if it's delayed, I mean like really does this site only post anything other then apple crap? Apple helps employees, so did a crap load of other companies, apple delays icrap 2. Do you really think that they are worried about a fad item not likely!

I doubt it Benjy91. It is going to take years if not decades for their country to recover from this.
The iPad is an electronic device. Grow the **** up.

norseman said,
I doubt it Benjy91. It is going to take years if not decades for their country to recover from this.
The iPad is an electronic device. Grow the **** up.

You sir need a sarcasm detector as your next electronic device.

Eddo89 said,

You sir need a sarcasm detector as your next electronic device.

Or Benjy91 and certain others could be more mature and not say such silly comments in the first place? Would you have been happy if the boot was on the other foot and sarcastic comments were made about the recent earthquake in your country?

Why not just clump most of everything going to be released in Japan as delayed? I've seen a few articles with the same thing just different hardware.

Morisato said,
Why not just clump most of everything going to be released in Japan as delayed? I've seen a few articles with the same thing just different hardware.

Neowin only cares about clicks.

Three disasters weren't enough? Now they also have to deal with the disappointment of not being able to buy the iPad 2!

.Neo said,
Three disasters weren't enough? Now they also have to deal with the disappointment of not being able to buy the iPad 2!
Dark humor is funny, that wasn't.

And the only reason is because they don't want to lose sales records. >.<

Xerax said,
Dark humor is funny, that wasn't.
And the only reason is because they don't want to lose sales records. >.<

You sir need to lighten up. There's nothing wrong with what he said. I can't see how it demeans the Japanese in any way. If anything, it's in support of the Japanese!

superconductive said,

You sir need to lighten up. There's nothing wrong with what he said. I can't see how it demeans the Japanese in any way. If anything, it's in support of the Japanese!

I'm sure he's saying it sarcastically, but really, it's not even the time to mention it.

superconductive said,

You sir need to lighten up. There's nothing wrong with what he said. I can't see how it demeans the Japanese in any way. If anything, it's in support of the Japanese!

I made a few jokes about japan, i don't need to lighten up . IM saying comparing the iFad 2 too the Tsunami is a bit insulting.

Also, incase you didn't notice, im a very heavy MSFT fanboy.

.Neo said,
Three disasters weren't enough? Now they also have to deal with the disappointment of not being able to buy the iPad 2!
Look at it this way: Apple wants them to concentrate on recovery, instead of spending all their money on the iPad. *pause* LMFAO Like that would ever happen.

Xerax said,
I made a few jokes about japan, i don't need to lighten up . IM saying comparing the iFad 2 too the Tsunami is a bit insulting.

Also, incase you didn't notice, im a very heavy MSFT fanboy.


If you're a MS fanboy, then why don't you just go and sit quietly in the corner using your new Windows tablet. Oh, wait.......

Jebadiah said,
Look at it this way: Apple wants them to concentrate on recovery, instead of spending all their money on the iPad. *pause* LMFAO Like that would ever happen.

That was funny. But seriously when was the first wave of shipments supposed to hit Japan.

UndergroundWire said,

That was funny. But seriously when was the first wave of shipments supposed to hit Japan.

I see what you did there.

Xerax said,
I made a few jokes about japan, i don't need to lighten up . IM saying comparing the iFad 2 too the Tsunami is a bit insulting.

Also, incase you didn't notice, im a very heavy MSFT fanboy.

Yeah I think you're being a bit dramatic. Maybe the internet isn't the place for you?

UndergroundWire said,

That was funny. But seriously when was the first wave of shipments supposed to hit Japan.
I lol'd... am I a bad person?