Apple can only do so much for the beleaguered country
Although Apple claims that it’s on track to deliver iPad 2s to the other 25 countries that were scheduled to get the new tablet on March 25, it has confirmed what it told All Things Digital‘s John Paczkowski earlier today: The company is postponing the launch in Japan while its people there focus on recovery.
“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, including our employees and their familes who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy,” said Apple’s (AAPL) Natalie Kerris, repeating word for word the statement she gave Pacskowski.
But the company’s reluctance to go off script shouldn’t diminish the good work it has been doing in the earthquake and tsunami-ravaged country, from offering a free communications lifeline to people trying to reach their loved ones to providing food and shelter to stranded employees.
Below: An excerpt from a letter sent to Digg’s Kevin Rose by an Apple staffer who describes himself as a survivor of the Great Tohoku Earthquake of 2011.
The full text of the letter is available here. It’s worth reading.
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