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Resellers Receiving iPad Mini and iPad Shipments Ahead of Friday's Launch

MacRumors has received word from several Apple reseller partners that they have already begun receiving shipments of Wi-Fi iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad models ahead of their launch scheduled for this Friday, November 2.

We're hearing mixed news on stocks, with one reseller indicating that it has received roughly 500 iPad minis but no fourth-generation iPads. The iPad mini stock level is reportedly about double what the reseller received for the third-generation iPad launch, which also included cellular-capable models. Cellular-capable models of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will follow several weeks after this Friday's launch of Wi-Fi models.


A second reseller is reporting a somewhat contrasting scenario, noting that it has received roughly 25 iPad minis and about 80 fourth-generation iPads so far. This reseller is, however, reporting that it expects to receive additional shipments throughout the week leading up to Friday's launch.

As we noted earlier today, all launch day pre-orders of Wi-Fi iPad mini and iPad models have now sold out, and many of those who were able to place orders for delivery on Friday are tracking their shipments that left China earlier this week en route to their destinations.

Related roundups: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

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26 months ago

I would be surprised if the Mini doesn't get an update next spring.


i would be surprised if any ipad gets an update next spring
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago
If you have an iPad 2, just imagine it's smaller! Other than the physical size, it's the same hardware as an iPad 2 as far as the software is concerned.

Which is good news for current iPad 2 owners, as their iPad just got at least another year of being a current version of iPad that developers must target.
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago

I would be surprised if the Mini doesn't get an update next spring.


If it gets an update in the spring then I will buy one then too and just sell my 1st generation online for a little loss. I know I am an early adopter and that is the price you pay I guess.
Rating: 4 Votes
26 months ago
Here they come!

I haven't seen much excitement about the new iPad, but the iPad mini is generating a lot of interest among my friends.

Glad to see they will be stocked at locations other than just Apple stores.
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago
I'm not complaining at all. But I'm getting the iPad w/ Retina Display now. As soon as they announce/release the next generation iPad mini w/ Retina Display and A6X or whatever it will have, then I will buy the mini :D
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago
I'm hoping to buy one through Amazon, purely out of spite.

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Um, yeah, isn't this the way it's supposed to work?


I remember UPS delivering the first iPad ON launch day, as I sat in front of BestBuy with the other idiots.
Rating: 1 Votes
26 months ago

I would be surprised if the Mini doesn't get an update next spring.


No. Just like the iPad gen 1, it'll be one year before an update. Too much demand for this first gen product, even without all the bells and whistles. And they've got a bit of work to update the product to include a high res screen without increasing size, while keeping battery life and price at same level as today. And all this has to be done in parallel with their maintaining incredibly high profit margins. Nope, no updates coming till next year.
Rating: 1 Votes
26 months ago

Excellent point.

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Yep, just you :rolleyes:

Not really, I think most people who like Apple products prefer Apple's interface to Android.

I'm not knocking Android, it's nice and is pushing Apple hard which is great, but I think many like myself just prefer the Apple way.

my preference for tablet has been apple but i just havnt had the money. my 4 year old has a nexus 7 and i was looking to get a ipad3/4 for everyone to use but spec wise the nexus10 just blew me away. both are nice and early for christmas. now to find a place that will sell both in my tiny crap town for a real comparison
Rating: 1 Votes
26 months ago

I totally agree with you, specs mean nothing If the software isn't optimized.. But keep in mind it comes with Android Jellybean, so the performance is very comparable to iOS..

You can't really make the ecosystem argument anymore, Android has a very large ecoystem, I think most people can easily get by with the Android Market..

And anyway, while the Nexus 10 will be lacking in areas, the $399 price tag makes up for it, especially when you consider the 300PPI display..

The deal maker for me is Apple ties their phones, tablets, laptops and desktops seamlessly together. What group of android devices can do this?
Rating: 1 Votes
26 months ago

And yet the iPad 3 was updated when?


Because they're part of the same "family" they follow the same rules? Yes, I'd say that's a fair assumption, but you must remember the rules are: 1) don't upgrade more than once per year, and 2) see rule number 1.

The iPad 3 to iPad 4 upgrade was an exception, for one big reason: to reset the refresh cycle (to coincide with the iPhone release, and the holiday season so holiday iPad gifts, both full sized and mini, would not be perceived to be obsolete in a mere 3 months when a new version is released, rendering the product less valuable in the the minds of both the gift receiver and giver).
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