By Jim Karpen on Sat, 10/27/2012
When I ordered an iPad mini with cellular data connectivity, the Apple website said that it will ship in mid-November. And when I click the link in the email receipt, the Apple website tells me I can expect it to arrive on November 23 (coincidentally Black Friday). According to 9To5Mac, others are also receiving the same date -- though one can get the LTE iPad mini as early as November 21 with expedited delivery. This waiting is painful. Some lucky people will have their iPad minis in less than a week.
Although the white-and-silver WiFi-only model has had ship dates pushed back two weeks from the original November 2 arrival date, I just checked and Apple is still saying that those who order the black WiFi-only model can expect it on November 2.
According to some reports, Apple's inventory of the white model sold out within 17 minutes of becoming available for preorder on Apple's website early Friday morning. According to Fox Business News, this suggests there's strong interest in the new iPad.
I'm glad I ordered the LTE model, despite the longer wait. Not only can it connect to the cellular data network, it has GPS capability. I was really surprised when I learned that the WiFi-only model doesn't have GPS. Even the $200 tablets come with GPS.
By the time I paid the additional $130 for cellular connectivity, an additional $100 for the 32GB model, and taxes, my investment was nearly $600. Money well spent, though. This is definitely going to be a popular device, and some market analysts think that it will eventually outsell the full-sized iPad.