Is Apple About to Delay the International Launch of the iPad 2?

When Steve Jobs revealed the iPad 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 2, 2011, the Apple CEO announced a U.S. launch date of March 11th, as well as a launch date of March 25th for 25 additional countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. While the iPad 2 launch in Japan has already been delayed due to the various disasters that affected the country, it would appear that Apple already decided to delay the launch of the device in other countries as well. For now, the only country that seems to be impacted is Czech Republic, as the local Apple website is currently displaying a launch date of April 25th, instead of March 25th. Given the fact that the international launch of the first generation iPad was delayed by several month back in 2010, and given the current iPad 2 shortages across the U.S., we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple decides to roll out the iPad 2 later than initially expected in some countries. As stressed by iOSnoops yesterday, Apple and Foxconn are experiencing current supply and production output issues, and our very own Stefani Lain was already predicting international launch delays:
Over time, the situation will improve, but in the short term, given the current iPad 2 shortages, Apple may be forced to delay the international launch of the iPad 2, the same way the launch of the first generation iPad was delayed by several months.
Also note that since Apple hasn’t communicated on potential delays yet, the date currently displayed on the Czech Apple website may be nothing more than a typo. Note: the date on the picture, “25 dubna,” translates into “April 25.” [Tip from Jiří P]