Despite Shortages, Apple Will Still Launch New iPad Worldwide On March 23

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Severed hand uses new iPad.
Severed hand uses new iPad.

Those who are lucky enough to be living in one of the ten initial launch countries for Apple’s new iPad are now facing a shipping delay of up to three weeks for the device if they order now. But demand hasn’t stopped the Cupertino company from continuing the tablet’s worldwide rollout as planned.

Apple confirmed today that the new iPad will be available in a further 25 countries from March 23.

Those countries included in the second phase of iPad rollouts are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Apple is yet to update its online stores for these countries to provide specific pricing information, and it’s unclear whether pre-orders will be available. But we’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled.