Apple sets iPad's international rollout

Tablet bound for Canada, Europe, Australia at end of May

Apple said Friday that it will launch the iPad tablet computer in nine international markets on May 28, after a strong debut in the U.S. last month.

The iPad will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Britain. Preordering for those markets will start May 10.

The international launch was originally schedule for late April, but Apple delayed it by a month because of what it called higher-than-expected demand.

Apple also said the iPad will expand to Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July.

The iPad, a 9.7-inch touchscreen tablet intended primarily for games, Web browsing, and digital media of all sorts, went on sale in the U.S. on April 3.

The company has already sold more than 1 million iPads. Analysts expect the company to sell about 5 million of the devices this year.

Shares of Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple fell 3.3% to $238 in midday trading on the Nasdaq. The broader Nasdaq market was down 1.6%.
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