Apple iPad Release Date DELAYED (UPDATED)

The Apple iPad release date has been pushed back.

The Associated Press reports:

The much-anticipated iPad tablet computer from Apple Inc. will start hitting U.S. store shelves on April 3, slightly later than originally planned.

When Apple unveiled the touch-screen device Jan. 27, the company said the first iPads would reach the market in "late March" worldwide, not just in the U.S.

Apple did not specify Friday why the tablet is not coming out until April, and Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison would not elaborate.

There have been rumors of iPad production problems, which could potentially be behind the iPad release delay.

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