The 3G version of the iPad will be released internationally in May, according to emails purported to come from Steve Jobs, CEO of the Cupertino, Calif. company.
In response to one developer’s email about whether both U.S. and International 3G iPads would be delayed until the end of April, Jobs succinctly answered “yes.” In another email, Jobs actually apologized to an international user about the delay for shipping both the WiFi and 3G versions of the tablet device.: “Both models will be released at the end of May. Sorry for the delay,” Jobs reportedly replied.
On Wednesday, Apple announced a one-month delay in international shipments of the iPad, explaining “suprisingly strong U.S. demand” was to blame.
“Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May,” Apple announced.
A number of other sources, including Orange, Vodafone and O2, appear to confirm to time period when international Apple fans should see the iPad.
Jobs, notoriously tight-lipped, has become rather talkative via email with common Apple users. He has discussed the upcoming version of Final Cut Pro, answered concerns about the future of OS X, and announced the end of support for the original iPhone.