Apple has officially delayed the scheduled March 25th launch of the iPad 2 in Japan. “We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris stated.
Japan has been plagued by no shortage of humanitarian and economic crises since the devastating earthquake and tsunami ravaged the nation last week.
Following the disaster’s onset, Apple began accepting Red Cross donations through iTunes, a widely accessible digital portal making it possible for users to contribute in amounts of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200. Apple says 100% of contributions go directly to the American Red Cross.
Despite the product launch delay in Japan and chronicle supply shortages reported across the US, Apple is believed to be on track for rolling out the second-generation iPad 2 as planned March 25th 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 United Kingdom.
Apple maintains that the iPad will reach many additional countries around the world before the end of 2011.