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Just hours after the iPad mini became available to preorder at Apple's online store, the white and silver model is now advertised to ship in two weeks.

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While the white model in all capacities is now sold out, as of Friday morning the black and slate version is still advertised to deliver on next Friday, Nov. 2. Cellular-capable models do not ship until mid-November.

Announced this week, the iPad mini is available in sizes of 16, 32 and 64 gigabytes. Like the iPhone 5, it's available in black and slate, as well as white and silver.

Market watchers have big expectations for the iPad mini, with millions expected to be sold this quarter. Though many expected an entry price lower than $329, Wall Street analysts believe the iPad mini will justify its price to consumers with superior build quality, strong software, and a huge range of third-party applications available on the iOS App Store.

The iPad mini features a 7.9-inch display and a thinner bezel that allows it to be held with one hand. It's 7.2 millimeters thin and weighs 0.68 pounds, which is 68 percent less than the full-size iPad.
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Sold out already? That was quick. I hope they don't have unexpected production problems

 

Does anybody know any estimates of how many units Apple produced in advance?

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The various apple devices, and the staggering numbers of sales of each device brings me to one conclusion. Sheep's are selling their wool at record prices.

Look's like Apple has another winner on it's hands.
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Before someone decides to flame me for making a sheep comment.  It was sarcasm.  Just poking fun at the Android/Nokia/Windows/Google/RIM/Samsung/HTC/Motorola community for their reason why Apple products sell.  Guess it helps them sleep at night believing it.  By the way did i forget anyone in that community?  I'm sure I did.
 

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I have been trying to decide all day between white or black. The black kinda looks same ol same ol, whereas the white looks a little fresher. But the black ended up drawing me in, says classic iPad I guess. I am sure I will get buyers remorse and decide I should have gone white 1smile.gif
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OMG, OMG, so many people had decided weeks in advance of its release that it would cost $299, it's amazing that ANY SOLD AT ALL FOR THE OUTRAGEOUSLY EXPLOITATIVE PRICE OF $329!!! Steve must yet be brainwashing consumers from the great beyond!!!

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Went with black, the back of it is what sold me (I use an invisbleshield). I wonder if they didn't produce as many white/silver for launch? Or ran into QC issues with white (thus fewer available)?
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It is about time that Apple upgraded their Mac line and they still got the Mac tower to be upgraded... all part of the ecosystem. Their upgrade cycles should not take >1 year. In tech it is an eternity.

Meanwhile, they need to come with iPhones in different sizes like 3.5", 4" and 5". I think it was a mistake to change the aspect ratio. Did not improve much as the letters are still the same size unless I go with the landscape mode. Complicates software development when aspect ratio is changed. All this will allow the product launches to be staggered.

Now that Apple is trying to wean from Samsung, it will have to cough some $$$ to finance suppliers' R&D, plant and equipment. Most of them operate with skinny profit margins.

With all these products, Apple could beat guidance handily since the supply chain will improve sooner than expected with all the capex being poured.
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Well, just cancelled my black and went to white 32GB. Knew I would regret it if I didn't. However daving313 I agree, the back of the black looks cool!
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Well, just cancelled my black and went to white 32GB. Knew I would regret it if I didn't. However daving313 I agree, the back of the black looks cool!

Maybe I should have ordered the two of them. The black for sunny days to go easy on my eyes, and the black one if there is dark and gloomy weather, to brighten up the day.

Anyway. I ended up with the white. They just look gorgeous, both of them.

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Originally Posted by gchriste View Post

I have been trying to decide all day between white or black. The black kinda looks same ol same ol, whereas the white looks a little fresher. But the black ended up drawing me in, says classic iPad I guess. I am sure I will get buyers remorse and decide I should have gone white 1smile.gif
You should have went with white... I had similar thoughts with the iPad 3rd gen & went white. Loving the white!
post #12 of 82
It is almost as if the people complaining about the mini being not enough power/too expensive/unneccisary/unimpressive have no idea what customers want, while the worlds most successful company has a slight inkling.

Who would have guessed.
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post #13 of 82
I'm still seeing 11/2
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post #14 of 82
Glad I went ahead and picked mine up earlier. 11/2
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Originally Posted by Jivanile View Post

Before someone decides to flame me for making a sheep comment.  It was sarcasm.  Just poking fun at the Android/Nokia/Windows/Google/RIM/Samsung/HTC/Motorola community for their reason why Apple products sell.  Guess it helps them sleep at night believing it.  By the way did i forget anyone in that community?  I'm sure I did.

 

It does help to use italics or quotes to help draw the reader to that conclusion, especially if they are skimming posts, which is common.

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Originally Posted by Rabbit_Coach View Post

Sold out already? That was quick. I hope they don't have unexpected production problems

 

Does anybody know any estimates of how many units Apple produced in advance?

More than Microsoft made for the Surface launch.

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Originally Posted by MacManFelix View Post

OMG, OMG, so many people had decided weeks in advance of its release that it would cost $299, it's amazing that ANY SOLD AT ALL FOR THE OUTRAGEOUSLY EXPLOITATIVE PRICE OF $329!!! Steve must yet be brainwashing consumers from the great beyond!!!
The 8.9" Kindle is 299. I don't have a problem with the price.
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Originally Posted by gchriste View Post

I have been trying to decide all day between white or black. The black kinda looks same ol same ol, whereas the white looks a little fresher. But the black ended up drawing me in, says classic iPad I guess. I am sure I will get buyers remorse and decide I should have gone white 1smile.gif

Hell, it's only $329. Buy two!! :D

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You should have went with white... I had similar thoughts with the iPad 3rd gen & went white. Loving the white!

 

No accounting for taste.  I'd say the opposite, my iPad 3 is white but my iP 5 is black/slate.  I absolutely love both but the slate is just sexy looking (more prone to scratching too, though)

 

I'd love to buy one of these but with an iPad 2 (kids) and my iPad 3 + my recently purchased iMac, I'd probably be divorced if I bought another Apple product, LOL. I'm laying the groundwork to buy an Air when it upgrades next March/April/Whenever.  I'm sure by then the old Dell I have (kids use it for homework) will need replacing! ;-)

post #20 of 82

"now advertised to ship in two weeks"???

 

I'm in California, the Apple Store went back online at 12:06am,

and I immediately ordered

a white mini 32GB wi-fi, and my notices ALL say 

"available to ship in two weeks".

 

Maybe it was asking for engraving, but, aside from that,

I can't see how that many people in the US could have ordered before me at 12:08...?

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Originally Posted by gchriste View Post

I have been trying to decide all day between white or black. The black kinda looks same ol same ol, whereas the white looks a little fresher. But the black ended up drawing me in, says classic iPad I guess. I am sure I will get buyers remorse and decide I should have gone white 1smile.gif

I think that's the happy consequence of both products being very good-looking designs. I bought black but might change my mind too.

CultofMac had an interesting article on how to choose. They said the white models are better if you're going to use primarily for reading because the border extends the white page; black's better for editing photos, browsing, etc, because it better frames colored screen content. I'm going to use mine primarily as a GPS in my cars and I think especially there where the sun could be shining in the black would be better. I just wish it were a matte black like the device's back.
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No accounting for taste.  I'd say the opposite, my iPad 3 is white but my iP 5 is black/slate.  I absolutely love both but the slate is just sexy looking (more prone to scratching too, though)

 

I'd love to buy one of these but with an iPad 2 (kids) and my iPad 3 + my recently purchased iMac, I'd probably be divorced if I bought another Apple product, LOL. I'm laying the groundwork to buy an Air when it upgrades next March/April/Whenever.  I'm sure by then the old Dell I have (kids use it for homework) will need replacing! ;-)

 

Same boat...but I'll get an iPad 4 for mom I think...my wife will let me get away with that.  And then I can maybe buy HER a mini for XMas.

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I'm going to use mine primarily as a GPS in my cars and I think especially there where the sun could be shining in the black would be better. I just wish it were a matte black like the device's back.

 

Ah...I'd choose the other way to keep my iPad from excessive heat.  Even with the AC blowing full force the dash can get toasty.  It'll reflect more against the windshield though but with the screen on anyway...

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Mine said 11/2 when I put it in my cart, but it was changed to "end of November" by the time I finished the check-out. 1frown.gif
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I have never liked white iPhones or iPads.

 

I have no idea why, but this time, I really think the Mini looks better in white. Any other converts?

 

Maybe Apple used history as a guide and didn't produce as many White as Black, but this time more people are going for the White.

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Ordered mine at 12:10am pst using the iOS apple store, no issues
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post #27 of 82

Fanbois are buying them. If Jobs was alive, it would have sold out quicker. /s

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I wonder if the issues with the black iPhone is pushing people to the white model.  Me, I ordered the black 64gb with cellular.  I fear that November is going to be a long month.

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Originally Posted by Snowdog65 View Post

I have never liked white iPhones or iPads.

 

I have no idea why, but this time, I really think the Mini looks better in white. Any other converts?

 

Yes.  The mini I'm going to get later on will be white.  I might change my mind after playing with one at the Apple store but from the pics the white has converted me.  I have the black/slate iPhone 5.

post #30 of 82

it's Apple's fault.
It doesn't matter you sell your product in different colors, customers can strongly be influenced by the images with which you advertise the product.
On Apple's website there are mostly white iPad minis (even the 10" iPads are mostly the white model as well) in the pictures.
Was it intentional? who knows. Perhaps they chose the white because it looked more stunning, on screen.
 

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Sold out already? That was quick. I hope they don't have unexpected production problems

Does anybody know any estimates of how many units Apple produced in advance?

Nope. Apple doesn't give out those numbers.

As for the production problem question, the only problem they have is how many the factories can produce. They don't stockpile for weeks because its a security risk, so there is that limit on launch quanity as well

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Originally Posted by Snowdog65 View Post

I have never liked white iPhones or iPads.

 

I have no idea why, but this time, I really think the Mini looks better in white. Any other converts?

 

 

I think the silver edging gives the white iPad's a more premium look.

The black ones look very stealth, understated and less jewelry-like. 

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Originally Posted by gchriste View Post

I have been trying to decide all day between white or black. The black kinda looks same ol same ol, whereas the white looks a little fresher. But the black ended up drawing me in, says classic iPad I guess. I am sure I will get buyers remorse and decide I should have gone white 1smile.gif

 The web site says limit 2. Get both. Boom.

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I am proud owner of new IPad, i pre-ordered for Nov 2nd delivery. :)

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Does anybody know any estimates of how many units Apple produced in advance?

I only remember Steve saying they expected 1M for the 1st Gen iPad to be sold - initially.

Apple learns, and I'm sure they created a 10-fold number of mini's this time, in spite of it being a 'new' product. Still, 10M can of course be too little because they sold 44M iOS devices last Q. Yes yes, then 10M for just mini's is way more, but I would not be surprised. (WiFi and cellular models).



Remember the iPod, with it's large capacity 1.8" HDD? They created the iPod mini, and it sold incredibly well. I think it was due to women. This small iPad? Purseable.
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Mine said 11/2 when I put it in my cart, but it was changed to "end of November" by the time I finished the check-out. 1frown.gif

Wow that must've hurt!

I ordered a 64GB iPhone 5 when it became available for order here in The Netherlands on Sep 28. I never cancelled and re-ordered, but my order status tells me that my order has been "Cancelled - replaced by a new product" (Geannuleerd - Vervangen door een nieuw product).

Don't know what to make of it, but the delivery date is unchanged, fortunately.


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I'm going to use mine primarily as a GPS in my cars and I think especially there where the sun could be shining in the black would be better. I just wish it were a matte black like the device's back.

You did buy the cellular version for that, did you? Of course you did.
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Unusual for white and silver to sell out before black?! Could be that they made many more black units this time?

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I'm still seeing 11/2

 

I ordered 4 minutes after midnight (the website came up at 12:03), and all I got was a "your order is being processed email."  Still no follow up email with a date. 

 

Apple f*cking over everyone who isn't American again no doubt. 

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Unusual for white and silver to sell out before black?! Could be that they made many more black units this time?

 

It always used to be that they only sold one white product for every three black (when it was iPods), but lately I think white is pulling ahead.  Judging by what I see at work and around town I would say it's almost the reverse now.  White certainly seems the most popular colour for iPhone 4s. 

 

Also, "scratch-gate" might have something to do with it. 

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Originally Posted by Harbinger View Post
Unusual for white and silver to sell out before black?! Could be that they made many more black units this time?

 

"No, people are just terrified that it will scratch. They're learning not to trust Apple at all."

 

Oh right, quotes can be confusing. But how am I supposed to mock the Anti-Apple Brigade in an easily distinguishable format otherwise? The sarcasm punctuation works really well if you're unfamiliar with it¡ 

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3:10am EDT, 32GB White, light grey cover.

No delays, no waiting... got in, got out.

Rolled over... went back to sleep.

Steve inspired it, Tim financed it, Phil introduced it...

Now it's all up to Shenzhen 1smile.gif
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