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New iPad Mini already on backorder

iPad Mini already has orders backed up 2 days after being made available

Apple officially introduced the iPad Mini and 4th generation iPad last Tuesday and public pre-orders began a few days later on the 26th of October. The 7.9" iPad Mini was largely seen as a competitor to Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD, and while the Kindle Fire may have achieved record sales, Apple also appears to be moving large quantities.

When the two devices first launched, they were supposed to ship and reach homes on the 2nd of November, yet all white iPad Mini variants as well as the 16GB-black  iPad Mini are already showing shipping times of 2 weeks. On the other hand, the 4th-gen iPad doesn't appear to be having any trouble and all models are still showing the usual delivery date.

At first glance, the backordered iPad Minis indicate a good amount of interest in Apple's newest gadget, yet they might not tell the whole story. For starters, actual inventory of the iPad Mini may have been limited in order to allow Apple to gauge the market before large-scale production. In addition, the lack of 4th-gen iPad backorders could be a result of users not seeing it as much of an upgrade over the previous model, but we won't be able to tell until Apple releases their actual sales info.


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Omar Qudsi, 2012-10-28 (Update: 2012-10-28)