Apple Preorders Deliver iPad Minis Nov. 2, Except White
After much anticipation, Apple rolled out a new, smaller $329 iPad Mini on Tuesday at the California Theater in San Jose on the same day it unveiled new products from its other lines. The announcement of the incredibly "thin and light" 7.9-inch device was expected, but the exact details were not. The Mini is 7.2 mm thin -- "as thin as a pencil" -- and .68 pounds, which is 50 percent lighter than a full-size iPad. That all came from Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, who 26 minutes into the conference asked rhetorically: "You knew there'd be something called 'Mini' in this presentation didn't you?" And then he brought out a crazy-thin 5 mm iMac, 80 percent thinner than the previous model, with thin glass and no air gap between the glass and display. The price? $1,299. The audience, many who are Apple employees, whooped and cheered. Schiller also announced a 15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display that he called "gorgeous," and a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, stereo speakers, FaceTime HD camera, dual mics and a backlit keyboard. The new notebook is .75 inches thin and weighs 3.5 pounds -- almost a pound lighter than previous generations. It cost $1,699 -- $500 less than the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Click through for more details from the event. (Published Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012)
Updated at 11:02 AM PST on Friday, Oct 26, 2012
Apple opened its online store for iPad Mini preorders at 12:01 a.m. Friday, promising a Nov. 2 delivery date for the Wi-Fi model -- except if you want a white one, then you will have to wait two weeks.
While the black iPad Minis are available, the white version sold out in 20 minutes and won't be available for the next two weeks, according to InformationWeek. The Wi-Fi model ships earliest in line with the in-store availability date Nov. 2, but the LTE 4G model will likely be available in mid-November,
Prices for the iPad Mini start at $329 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model and go up to $659 for a 64GB Wi-Fi plus LTE. The Wi-Fi-only model lacks GPS, but has Bluetooth 4.0. The three LTE models are available on three wireless providers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint.
The Apple website still has the black iPad Minis, so all is not lost for those wanting one immediately. However, it's not clear if the white iPad Mini will be similarly unavailable or ultra-desirable at Apple stores. (It's also not clear to us why anyone really needs an iPad Mini because its functions are not much different
than any similar tablet, nor is it priced competitively.) Our advice is if the white one is a must-have for the holidays, it's probably a good move to order earlier rather than later.