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4th Generation iPad Launch Day Pre-Orders Sold Out, First iPad and iPad Mini Pre-Orders En Route

Apple has now sold out of its launch day pre-order stock of all six Wi-Fi models in its online store, with new pre-orders currently being quoted shipping estimates of one week. The company's retail stores should still have stock available beginning at 8:00 AM on Friday for those still interested in obtaining one on launch day.


Wi-Fi fourth-generation iPad models with one-week shipping estimates

iPad mini pre-orders are continuing to hold at two-week shipping estimates, while those who were able to get their launch-day orders in are monitoring delivery progress. Those who ordered iPad mini Smart Covers have been seeing their accessories delivered yesterday and today, while MacRumors forum members have been following progress of the devices themselves in an extensive thread.


While Apple's official online order status pages generally still show iPad mini pre-orders as "Preparing for Shipment", most of the orders are actually already en route. Some users have had success locating their packages by searching FedEx tracking using their phone numbers as references, while others have had success by looking up the serial numbers of their devices and using those as references to track via UPS.


iPad mini pre-order en route via UPS for Friday delivery

Cellular-capable models of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will not ship until later this month, with the earliest pre-order customers seeing estimated delivery dates beginning November 21 in the United States.

Related roundups: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

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27 months ago

Wow, who would have thought such a uselessly incremental upgrade would result in lack of popularity? :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

Apple should be afraid. They have eroded consumer faith in their release cycle, meaning users like me will WAIT and NOT PURCHASE the newest and greatest product.


You mean useless like that?

Rating: 24 Votes
27 months ago

Wow, who would have thought such a uselessly incremental upgrade would result in lack of popularity? :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

Apple should be afraid. They have eroded consumer faith in their release cycle, meaning users like me will WAIT and NOT PURCHASE the newest and greatest product.


I'm sure Apple are quaking in their boots after reading that.
Rating: 10 Votes
27 months ago
Wow, who would have thought such a uselessly incremental upgrade would result in lack of popularity? :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

Apple should be afraid. They have eroded consumer faith in their release cycle, meaning users like me will WAIT and NOT PURCHASE the newest and greatest product.

EDIT: People, it's called sarcasm. Hence the emoticon ;)
Rating: 7 Votes
27 months ago
I can't believe there are so many people who want iPads and haven't yet gotten prior versions to sell out the new model year after year! I have an iPad 2 and still quite happy with it...
Rating: 7 Votes
27 months ago

You mean useless like that?

Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/10/ipad4benches.png)


You can tell by the rolling eyes that he was being sarcastic.
Rating: 6 Votes
27 months ago
This is amazing. Apple can't make any of their products fast enough. It'll be interesting to see whether the new iMacs go out of stock that quickly.
Rating: 4 Votes
27 months ago

Wow, who would have thought such a uselessly incremental upgrade would result in lack of popularity? :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:


Apparently everyone's sarcasm meter is off today. I see what you did there.
Rating: 4 Votes
27 months ago

They have eroded consumer faith in their release cycle, meaning users like me will WAIT and NOT PURCHASE the newest and greatest product.


It appears you are not cut out to be a consumer in the fast-paced world of technology.
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago

where is my iPad 4? :)


Preparing for shipment.. same as mine
Rating: 2 Votes
27 months ago

I don't want to sound like the typical snarky guy on the internet, but I have an honest question:

For those of you who purchased the iPad mini, what are the primary reasons at this price point?

IMHO, it would be a great buy as a book reader for $199, but at $329, it's just $70 away from the "real thing" with large canvas.

Enlighten me? :o


Happy to enlighten, if I can.

The form factor for me is a big selling point. I have owned a few iPads and have sold them all within a few months. I want something just a little smaller and lighter. Lighter is key. I did not like reading on the iPad(1),(2), or (3) because they were just a little too heavy for long periods of reading when you want to just hold it in one hand. This is why I loved the Kindle I owned for a while.

I also wear a jacket a lot of the year and can see myself tossing the mini in an inside pocket. There were lots of times I wanted to take the iPad with me, but it was just a little too big.

Also, 329 might seem high, but it is still a big savings from the 499 starting point of the iPad4. As a student who has a decent job, but still has to watch what he spends, I like the 170 savings.
Rating: 2 Votes

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