iPad mini preorders now sold out on Apple website for all models

The 16GB white iPad mini sold out in minutes early last Friday morning, while the black model continued to be available for delivery on November 2. But now all models in Apple's pre-order inventory are sold out, as Apple's website is saying that it will take two weeks for them to ship. Yet again Apple has introduced a new gadget that's in big demand. They'll likely issue a press release shortly giving an indication of the numbers sold. Those who want an iPad mini this Friday and weren't lucky enough to get one of Apple's pre-order inventory iPads will now have to think about getting in line at a store.

The competition is heating up, and Amazon currently has an ad on the front page of its website comparing the Kindle Fire HD specs to the iPad mini, and of course cherry picking those features in which the Kindle appears to be better. But they don't mention all the shortcomings of the device, such as no camera and the fact that it has a smaller screen while being both thicker and heavier. Plus, the lack of apps.

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Google had to cancel its big press event planned for today thanks to the hurricane on the east coast, and simply posted its announcement of new 10-inch tablets on its blog. The Nexus 10 starts at $399, like the iPad 2. It has an amazing high-resolution 2560 x 1600 screen at 300 pixels per square inch. The resolution of the iPad with retina display is 2048 x 1536. 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.