Last week's massive earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan have pushed back the country's iPad 2 launch.
Reuters reports that Japan and dozens of other countries around the world were scheduled to debut the device on Friday, March 25. As the country continues to reel from the devastation, Apple announced that it would be pushing the launch back indefinitely.
"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.
She went on to say that the delay had nothing to do with a shortage in supplies, a plight facing many factories and manufacturing chains in Japan. Instead, the Apple store in Japan has focused its efforts on helping the Japanese people get through the distaster by offering use of its products (chargers, surge protecters, etc) and free Wi-Fi services to Apple and non-apple users. The store's employees have also lent their shelter, products, and services to help people survive and connect with family members.
As it stands, the iPad 2 remains hard to come by on American soil. The smartphone quickly sold out upon its launch last week. Orders for the device will now take up to five weeks to ship.