It's easy to forget that Apple, like every other hardware OEM, relies on a large number of companies to be able to build and deliver its products. When it comes to the iPad, the screen is made by Korean company LG Display - a company unable to keep up with the insatiable demand from the Cupertino giant for panels:
"Demand (from Apple) keeps growing and we can't meet it all. Apple may have to delay launches of the iPad for some countries due to tight component supplies and strong demand.
"We are considering increasing production lines for iPad products but overall supply is likely to remain tight until early next year."
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This could be a bit of a crimp in Apple's plans for world domination. The company has announced that the iPad will be available in an additional 9 countries come Friday (Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Netherlands), bringing the total up to 19 countries.
This statement from LG Display strongly suggests that further roll-outs are likely to be delayed until the company can increase production.