iPad 2 release delayed in Japan

Apple, which was to have released the iPad 2 in Japan next week, has delayed the tablet computer's introduction there in light of the earthquake and tsunami that have ravaged the country. 

"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 spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told Reuters.

The delay is not due to component shortages and it's not yet clear when the Japan launch will take place, according to Apple. The company will roll out the iPad 2 next week in about two dozen other nations as planned.

The iPad 2 has sold out at many stories across the United States since becoming available on March 11 and delivery of online orders has been due to great demand. 

IPAD 2: