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Apple Postpones Japanese iPad 2 Launch

Launched last Friday, the iPad 2 has been flying off U.S. shelves at an alarming rate and was due to launch in 25 more countries next Friday, on March 25. However, Apple has released a statement saying Japan will no longer be partaking in the March 25 launch as a result of the devastation brought on by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

“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 spokesperson Natalie Kerris said in an email to Macworld.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, including our employees and their families, who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy.”

Apple has been facilitating Red Cross donations via iTunes. Users can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200. Apple has said it will not be passing on donor information and 100% of donations will be forwarded to the Red Cross.