Apple Inc said it will launch the iPad tablet computer in nine international markets on May 28, following a strong debut in the United States last month.

The iPad will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Britain. Pre-ordering for those markets will start on May 10.

The international launch was originally schedule for late April, but Apple delayed it by a month due to what it called higher-than-expected demand.
Apple also said the iPad will expand to Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July.

The company has already sold more than 1 million iPads since it went on sale in the U.S. April 3. Analysts expect the company to sell roughly 5 million of the devices this year.