Apple Postpones Release of iPad 2 In Japan

SEATTLE (AP) — Apple Inc. has postponed the release of its iPad 2 tablet computer in Japan as the country grapples with the tsunami's devastation.

The device had been set to go on sale March 25. Apple said it is delaying the launch "while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster."

The new iPad has been widely sold out since going on sale earlier this month in the U.S. One analyst estimated that Apple may have sold as many as half a million of them in their first day on the market, a faster pace than the first iPad's sales.

The iPad 2 was slated to go on sale in 26 markets on March 25, including Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and other European countries.