In Europe, each Apple country orders products from the mothership according to their marketing experience and expectations. According to a reliable source, Apple Germany had ordered only 75,000 iPads. Against all their predictions, they got 250,000 orders.
While Apple is focused on the US launch at the moment, executives at Apple Germany are reportedly amazed by the market response there. Apple Germany is their largest European unit after Britain. Could this be a sign of the state of worldwide demand? If it is, we will probably learn about it in a press release next week.