* No reschedule date for launch
* iPad 2 went on sale in U.S. last week
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SAN FRANCISCO, March 15 Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said
it will delay the launch of the iPad 2 tablet computer in
Japan, in the wake of last week's earthquake and tsunami.
Apple had planned to start selling the device in Japan on
March 25. The company did not provide a rescheduled launch
"We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while
the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent
disaster," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.
Many technology companies are scrambling for supplies after
the disaster in Japan shut down factories there and disrupted
the global manufacturing chain. [ID:nL3E7EE05V]
But Kerris said the company's decision to delay sales in
Japan had nothing to do with any component supply shortages.
Apple launched the iPad 2 in the United States last week to
strong demand, with many stores selling out of the device. It
will go on sale in roughly two dozen additional countries next
Roughly 5 percent of Apple's revenue came from Japan in the
December quarter. Revenue from the country rose 83 percent in
the period to $1.4 billion.
Apple's March quarter is unlikely to be impacted by the
crisis in Japan, analysts say, but the company could be
affected in the June quarter by supply shortages, particularly
for components like flash memory.
Shares of Cupertino, California-based Apple were down 2.1
percent to $346.33 in midday Nasdaq trading.
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Derek Caney and Gunna