Sad news for people outside the US, the iPad release is delayed until the end of May. Apple has issued a statement regarding the delay, which announces that international pre-orders will begin May 10. The reason for the delay is said to be caused by the overwhelming demand for the iPad, which has had huge success in the US. It is unfortunate that international customers will have to wait longer to get their hands on the new device, but it seems supply is pretty tight right now.

“Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.”

There is still no word on the exact date the iPad 3G models will ship for US customers, but this news seems to confirm that it is still on schedule for now. That might be comfort for US customers, but it is still a mystery elsewhere. At least two international carriers in the UK and Canada have announced that they will be providing iPad data plans in time for the international release. The two carriers, Rogers and O2, have still not announced the pricing of the data plans, but at least the ball is rolling for international customers who are looking forward to the iPad 3G models.