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Apple said on Monday that new customers ordering the 3G version of its iPad tablet computers will have to wait for delivery until after they ship on May 7, though those who have already paid should still get theirs this month.
The minor delay points to continued supply constraints that analysts called attention to in the run-up to the launch of the less-expensive WiFi-only versions two weeks ago. Shipments were held up briefly on those models as well.
Apple generally prefers to explain such lags as the result of overwhelming, completely unexpected demand. That’s what it cited last week, when it delayed the overseas debut of the iPad until May 10. More than 500,000 of the earliest iPads have been sold so far, topping most predictions. Read more