iPad mini shipping times delayed

If you haven’t already ordered that iPad mini, be prepared to wait: Shipping times on the new tablets are already slipping.

Estimated shipping times for the new iPad mini have stretched to two weeks.

Pre-orders for the new tablet opened on October 26, with the promise that first buyers would receive their Wi-fi-enabled iPad minis on November 2. But online buyers can no longer expect such quick turnaround: Apple’s website now estimates shipping times on the new tablet will take as long as two weeks.

Similarly, shipping times for the new wifi-enabled fourth-generation iPad are now listed at a week.

As we noted last week, the delays aren’t entirely unexpected: Analysts said high demand for the iPad mini, combined with a short supply chain for the new device, might result in shipping delays. “The new low price point is expected to appeal to a wider audience and drive up demand,” wrote Richard Shim of NPD DisplaySearch. “However, panel supply-chain indications point to an even more than typical tightness in the market for the iPad mini.”

One way early adopters can still get the mini right away: Stand on line when local Apple Stores make them available at 8:00 a.m. on November 2.

Shipping times for Apple’s other new products seem to be staying on schedule. The LTE versions of both the new iPad and iPad mini weren’t expected to begin shipping until mid-November, for example, and there’s no indication that the timing for those products has changed.

Similarly, the basic models of both the new Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display are both in stock at Apple’s store and ready to ship; you’ll see a slight delay of two to four shipping days, however, if you upgrade the storage or memory capabilities of either device.

And it’s still too early to even pre-order the new iMac models: The 21.5-inch model will be available in November; the 27-incher follows in December.

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At a Glance
  • Don't confuse the "mini" in "iPad mini" with "lite"--with the exception of a Retina display, this slimmed down iPad gives you the full iPad experience, including access to over 275,000 iPad-optimized apps, in a device that's about half the overall size and weight of the standard iPad. Retina-display purists will (justifiably) balk at the 1024-by-768-pixel screen, but I suspect that most people will be wowed enough by the iPad mini's other features, performance, design, and build quality to accept the screen for what it is--very good, but not Retina. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Most of the full-size-iPad experience in a smaller, lighter package
    • All existing iPad apps run natively
    • Wireless capabilities and cameras on par with fourth-generation iPad
    • Very good performance
    • Incredibly solid construction and beautiful design

    Cons

    • No Retina display
    • Some apps and websites feel a little cramped on the smaller screen
    • Landscape keyboard is too small for easy touch-typing
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