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British consumers will have to wait a while longer to get their hands on an Apple iPad device, it has been announced.

Consumers wishing to use the tablet to access broadband services are unlikely to have access to the product until May after Apple pushed back its global release date.

Despite rumours of an April 24th launch in the UK, the firm says demand for the iPad has outstripped supply and consumers will have to wait another month.

Upon release in the US last month, over 500,000 iPads were shipped within the first week – a level of demand which appears to have taken the manufacturer by surprise.

An Apple statement read: "We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason - the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far."

The company has promised to confirm the UK price of the tablet when the pre-ordering process commences on May 12th.

Earlier this week, UK internet service providers Orange and Vodafone confirmed they will be carrying the iPad on broadband deals from next month.

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