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Wednesday, 16th March 2011
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Apple to delay Japanese launch of iPad 2

Tech-loving Japanese residents will have to wait even longer for the domestic launch of Apple's latest tablet computer, as the US computing giant announced it will be delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan indefinitely.

The popular device was due to be in stores by March 25th, but with the country still recovering from the Sendai earthquake and consequent tsunami, Apple has decided to postpone its latest product launch.

Many Japanese factories have been forced to shut in the days after last week's quake, resulting in major supply problems for several technology firms.

Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and Canon were all forced to halt production in the immediate aftermath and the possibility of rolling power blackouts means further disruption is likely over the coming weeks.

However, Apple insists that the delay of the iPad 2's launch is not due to any supply shortages.

As Japan copes with the aftermath of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, Apple has been doing its bit to help by allowing people use to its stores to attempt to contact loved ones and take shelter, gadget website T3 reports.

Written by Mark Smith

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