The Czech Apple Store website showed a launch date of April 25 for the iPad 2 over the weekend, despite the Czech Republic being in the first group of countries listed for the device’s international launch.
The iPad 2 is due to launch in 25 other countries including Australia this Friday, March 25, though 9to5Mac spotted that the date on the Czech Apple Store website read ’25 dubna’ – dubna being the Czech word for April. The site was then updated with the date removed altogether.
Potential buyers 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 UK will be disturbed by the news, with speculation that Apple could delay the international launch in full swing already.
Japan was initially on this list as well, though an iPad 2 launch in the country has since been postponed due to the recent natural disasters.
However, as 9to5Mac speculated, the happenings could be explained by a simple translation issue, or perhaps legal issues specific to the Czech Republic. The UK Apple Store still lists the device as ‘Coming 25 March’.
Last week, Macworld reported that analyst Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities had doubts about iPad 2 inventory, leading to speculation that the iPad 2 international launch could be delayed, as the international launch of the iPad was.
The issue has been further complicated by the situation in Japan, with many components for the device coming from Japanese manufacturers whose operations have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami.