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.

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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.

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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.

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(Thanks, Michael!)

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Top Rated Comments

melendezest Avatar
114 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...;)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
engg2000 Avatar
114 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
flux73 Avatar
114 months ago
I wish I didn't have to get the cellular version, but the WiFi only doesn't come with true GPS.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AirThis Avatar
114 months ago
I still would like to use it as a phone. But I think I'm just misunderstood.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shenan1982 Avatar
114 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
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThunderSkunk Avatar
114 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.
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