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Cellular iPad Mini and iPad Models Arriving in U.S. Thanksgiving Week, AT&T Launching November 16?

A number of U.S. customers who pre-ordered cellular-capable models of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad are now reporting that their order statuses have been updated to reflect delivery estimates right around Thanksgiving.

Many MacRumors forum members are reporting that they are now seeing delivery dates of Wednesday, November 21, although several are seeing deliveries scheduled for Tuesday, November 20.


We've received a couple of reports regarding the cellular-capable models of the fourth-generation iPad, with delivery of those orders currently scheduled for November 23, which is Black Friday.


Apple had previously listed similar delivery timeframes for U.S. pre-orders, but removed those dates and replaced them with "mid-November" estimates before returning to the more specific dates today. Cellular-capable iPad mini and iPad models are arriving in the U.S. first, with other countries seeing deliveries following later in the month.

MacRumors has also received unconfirmed word from one source saying that AT&T will be launching in-store sales of the cellular-capable models of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad on Friday, November 16. This would appear to be somewhat inconsistent with pre-order deliveries not occurring until the following week, as Apple typically times deliveries and in-person launches for the same timeframe. Apple's pre-order delivery dates may, however, be subject to change.

Update 2:07 PM: We've heard from one customer who called Apple and was able to have his standard shipping upgraded free of charge to Next Day Shipping due to his travel plans, and his fourth-generation iPad order is now showing delivery on Friday, November 16.


(Thanks, Michael!)

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22 months ago
Man, I'm scared to go to an Apple Store and seeing it first-hand.

I'm afraid if I do, I'll be out ~$700 that day...;)
Rating: 4 Votes
22 months ago
I still would like to use it as a phone. But I think I'm just misunderstood.
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago
I wish I didn't have to get the cellular version, but the WiFi only doesn't come with true GPS.
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago

I still would like to use it as a phone. But I think I'm just misunderstood.


You actually can and you would look real cool doing it. Just like when people use the full size iPad to take video in public places!
But seriously, if you want to use it as a phone, there are so many ways to do it.
Free outgoing phone calls: "Magicjack" app
Free outgoing/incoming phonecalls: Sign up for a USA google account, add google voice account and use the app: "Talkatone"

If you want to make it look like you are making calls from another phone number such as your cell, go to Voip.ms and get a paid VOIP number. Then, use the app "Bria".
They all work okay on a good 3G data plan but they work really well on LTE.

There's my helpful VOIP tip of the year.
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago

I bought an iPad mini yesterday. As soon as I got home, I got out of the car, it slipped out of my hand, and the screen shattered. Brand new, and its ruined. Unbelievable.


Sounds like a case of "damaged in shipping" to me, hehe... OMG did I just say that? I'm going to hell
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago

voip should work well enough over lte eh? I haven't had the pleasure of trying it.

it would be speakerphone only though :-/


I've been using Skype over iPad for my only phone line ever since iPad 1 hit the shelves. Never tried it on speakerphone. I always just use the wired headphones, BT headset, or BT car system. Works fine.

I bought an iPad mini yesterday. As soon as I got home, I got out of the car, it slipped out of my hand, and the screen shattered. Brand new, and its ruined. Unbelievable.
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago
If AT&T stores get them in stock before I have my pre-order delivery, I will be VERY upset. The whole purpose and integrity of Apple's pre-order process will be in question.
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago
If the stores have them on the 16th then I'll just buy at the store & return my preorders the following week when they arrive.
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago

You should call and complain at the station. To what happened that drive did that.


Could we all agree to read our posts just once, maybe, to see that they make sense before hitting the send button? :-)
Rating: 1 Votes
22 months ago

complaining won't do a thing. they would never send the guy back. i will have to drive over there at 5pm and pick it up - not what i wanted to do on Thanksgiving Eve.

these guys always do this - their efficiency incentive must not be how many packages get delivered but how quickly they finish their route.


Ladies and Gentlemen my iPad has delivered 1:30 pm est, Thank you all for a good time, see you soon.
For next Apple product launch lol.
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