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With Apple's initial batch of iPad minis sold out online as well as brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, the company has initiated online reservations for the new tablet that allows interested customers to purchase a unit online for next-day in-store pickup.

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Instead of having to wait the two-week delivery time Apple is currently quoting, those interested in buying the 7.9-inch tablet now have the chance to reserve one through the Online Apple Store each night starting at 10 p.m. The reservation system, aimed at customers looking to be one of the first iPad mini owners, has been used before with other major Apple launches.

The service is perhaps the best way to guarantee a unit as Apple Stores around the country are taking delivery of only a limited number of units each day as they trickle in from Chinese manufacturing plants.

It is unclear how many units are allotted to online reservations, and stock at each Apple Store undoubtedly fluctuates, however interested consumers can visit the Online Apple Store to check availability starting at 10 p.m. local time.

To use the system, customers need to go through the steps of placing an online order, but choose the "Pick up" option at checkout instead of "Ship." Inventory is updated nightly.

The reservation service is akin to Apple's pre-order system it employed in China, most recently for the iPad 3, where customers were able to reserve a unit within an allotted time period and subsequently given a specific time to pick up their device the next day.

With all preorder and launch day units sold out, one analyst believes Apple will have shipped 850,000 iPad mini units in its first week of availability.

Apple unveiled the mid-size iPad at a special event in October, with preorders for the device selling out within hours. The tablet officially hit stores on Friday in 34 countries as part of Apple's largest product rollout ever.
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How many units are allotted to online personal pickup?

Th many does the store have. Unlike unpaid reservations, these are sales. The store isn't going to hold back to maybe get a sale from a walkin if there's someone online itchy to punch in that credit card. For this, the iPhone or anything else.

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I don't believe the analyst-driven anti-Apple hype when it comes to the mini, but I wonder how the lines will look once the LTE-enabled minis hit the stores? I'm guessing there may be more demand for the wireless-enabled models. I'd love to have one mainly for use as a GPS in my car.

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I don't believe the analyst-driven anti-Apple hype when it comes to the mini, but I wonder how the lines will look once the LTE-enabled minis hit the stores? I'm guessing there may be more demand for the wireless-enabled models. I'd love to have one mainly for use as a GPS in my car.

Going in-dash? I expect to see a decent market for this.

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Went down to look at it and came away unimpressed. Compared to my iPad 3 the screen was quite a step down but otherwise just a smaller iPad. Would like to see some new ideas from Apple.

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These are sold out everywhere I go. I didn't expect it to be completely sold out as there is a lot of negative news on it, but good for Apple. I just wanted to see it and hold it in hand, but even my local Best Buy didn't have any display units despite a having the product info sheets outs. I wonder if they'll be able to hold any inventory before Christmas is past

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But I thought we were told that nobody was buying these, etc. 

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These are sold out everywhere I go. I didn't expect it to be completely sold out as there is a lot of negative news on it, but good for Apple.

 

 

It's Apple. They'll deliver on their product's promise. The only thing you can trust are their numbers. Everything else is just smoke. 

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But I thought we were told that nobody was buying these, etc. 

Who said no one was buying??

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Went down to look at it and came away unimpressed. Compared to my iPad 3 the screen was quite a step down but otherwise just a smaller iPad. Would like to see some new ideas from Apple.

Why would you go to see an iPad mini and expect "new ideas"? It's the iPad 2 resolution using the iPhone 3GS PPI so they can make a smaller tablet that already has a thriving ecosystem built in. It's a new device but outside of that I can't imagine what revolutionary new paradigm you were expecting.

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Why would you go to see an iPad mini and expect "new ideas"? It's the iPad 2 resolution using the iPhone 3GS PPI so they can make a smaller tablet that already has a thriving ecosystem built in. It's a new device but outside of that I can't imagine what revolutionary new paradigm you were expecting.

Yea, apple is falling behind all of the new ideas like the revolutionary line of Nexus devices. *sarcasm*
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Why would you go to see an iPad mini and expect "new ideas"? It's the iPad 2 resolution using the iPhone 3GS PPI so they can make a smaller tablet that already has a thriving ecosystem built in. It's a new device but outside of that I can't imagine what revolutionary new paradigm you were expecting.

 

They were expecting products coated in Unicorn horn shavings sprinkled in pixie dust.

I just shake my head in disappointment when I read that nonsense from posters.  "I want to see new ideas from Apple" whining just gets old.

Want to see new ideas??  Ask the countless other Samsungs out there why they can't come up with anything.  Apple is doing just fine with the way they innovate.  

 

Besides, the next "oh wow" moment will shortly be followed by "Okay, I'm bored.  My ADHD is kicking in so I need Apple to make another new idea" line each and every time.

I think they came out with new iPads in the schedule they did simply so they can cover all their products with the lightning connector and move forward.  With the iPhone 5 and the holiday season coming up, to me it seemed like the right thing to do.  If it weren't for that, I suspect we would have seen the 4thGen iPad in its usual spring launch.

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As an addendum to my previous post here is what Nokia was doing when they dominated the mobile market and Apple was hard at work actually developing a good mobile OS and ecosystem foundation....




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Surely every reasonable person can see that evolving a market is more important to what it can achieve over the long term over making up crazy new shit to sell just because it's different.

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I tried to reserve an iPhone 5 for next day pick up 4 nights in a row with no luck. Decided to go ahead and order for delivery and just wait 4 weeks for it to get to me. I hope the situation is better for those who want the iPad mini. I already got mine (pre-ordered and delivered on 11/2). I love it.

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As an addendum to my previous post here is what Nokia was doing when they dominated the mobile market and Apple was hard at work actually developing a good mobile OS and ecosystem foundation....


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Surely every reasonable person can see that evolving a market is more important to what it can achieve over the long term over making up crazy new shit to sell just because it's different.

Oh no!! You said Nokia!! Guess who is going to show up to defend them now!

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Well, Yay, I guess, for those who take advantage...

but its a little disappointing to have ordered 6 minutes after the store re-opened that night,

and then have someone who thinks they might want one 

later this week go pick one up, when I haven't even received a ship notice yet :-( 

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Just feel they have milked about everything out of their existing product lines.

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Just feel they have milked about everything out of their existing product lines.

So your issue is with Apple continuing to upgrade their existing product lines? 1hmm.gif

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No, just that they may be about painted into a corner with little to improve.

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Originally Posted by SeaNorse View Post
Just feel they have milked about everything out of their existing product lines.

 

Sounds like it's time for OS XI. Steve himself said it in 1996 before he officially came back as iCEO: "I'd milk the Mac for all it's worth and move on to the next great thing."

 

Well, sixteen FURTHER years; that's a pretty good milking run.

 

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…little to improve.

 

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I wouldnt expect they would have a retina display for the low cost product. They need some diffrenciation. Going with 1024 res I think was the right thing , this way there is no major fragmatation of products for games. Just have two resolutions to support.

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These are sold out everywhere I go. I didn't expect it to be completely sold out as there is a lot of negative news on it, but good for Apple. I just wanted to see it and hold it in hand, but even my local Best Buy didn't have any display units despite a having the product info sheets outs. I wonder if they'll be able to hold any inventory before Christmas is past

 

i dont think they will be able to hold inventory.. i can't believe how sold out it all is.. everywhere! :( 

 

side question - why does apple keep flooding the air waves with mini commercials when they can't even have any to sell?

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My local Apple store has gotten 3 shipments so far, and they've all sold within minutes. I think this is doing pretty well. But hey, the current media trend is sensational Apple hate, so I can see why they're pushing this 'Mini is failing' and 'where's the new ideas?' narrative.

Yeah, because should've made an entirely different OS for this tablet, with a triangular screen. So it could be 'new'.
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side question - why does apple keep flooding the air waves with mini commercials when they can't even have any to sell?


Marketing does not work that way!



They do have them to sell. You can go online and buy one right now. You can also reserve one after 10pm and walk into the store as they get new shipments in nearly every day. What there is is demand outstripping supply which is, in part, due to direct advertising of the new product. On top of that, they aren't going to stop sales on Monday and want to get more people interested in buying one for their next tablet hence the marketing.

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My local Apple store has gotten 3 shipments so far, and they've all sold within minutes. I think this is doing pretty well. But hey, the current media trend is sensational Apple hate, so I can see why they're pushing this 'Mini is failing' and 'where's the new ideas?' narrative.
Yeah, because should've made an entirely different OS for this tablet, with a triangular screen. So it could be 'new'.


While there are some anti-Apple sentiments growing in media, it is equally sensationalistic to suggest that the trend is "sensational Apple hate" and that media is pushing the Mini is failing agenda across the board. The reviews are mixed but most are saying it is the tablet in its size, with the display being the main gripe. That is fair, isn't it?

 

The trend here and other pro-Apple site is to pretend the whole rest of the world is anti-Apple. That boat has sailed.

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This reservation system that they're implementing really kicks ass.

I missed the initial iPhone 5 launch and then watched with little amusement as the delivery time blew out to three to four weeks and stayed there for the next month.

Ironically, after asking a stranger in public who had an iPhone 5 if I could feel the weight of it, I discovered he works at the Apple story in Sydney and he told me about the reservation system. Three attempts later and I've got a beautiful new 'Hotblack Desirato' black iPhone 5 and the knowledge not to fail to pre-order next time...
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A little off topic:

I went into my local (Westfarms mall) Apple store yesterday to buy an iPhone 5. They were out. I asked when they will get the next shipment and the guy said my best bet is next week, late next week, thursday or friday of next week. He said they are getting shipments once or twice a week. How is this fair? People who ordered their 5 online 2 weeks ago still have another 2 weeks before it can even ship, nevermind arrive! Can't they just take like 3/4 of all of the units that go out to the Apple Store (worldwide) and ship them off to the people who ordered them online?! Well, wish me luck, I'm going to Verizon to cancel my current phone tomorrow, and then the Apple Store on Thursday to pick up an iPhone 5.

Also: While I was there, I checked out the iPad Mini. It's kinda weird, it has the UI of an iPad (Settings.app, music.app, clock.app) but it is smaller. It's like if you loaded an iPad UI onto an iPhone (for those of us/you that have iPhones/touches and iPads). It's odd. I'm sure I could get used to it, though. I believe my entire family is getting one each, though. My Mom walks into the store and is like "do they have an Minis?", I say yes and she proceeds to look at them and I ask why she isn't trying it and she says she has no idea how to use one 1hmm.gif. xD that's the entire point of an iPad, it being easy to use...
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Who said no one was buying??
Dozens of blogger 'experts' said this would be a failure because its not retina and its not under $300.

And unless Apple sold 10 million minis this weekend it will still be a fail to them. And they didn't, so . . .

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A little off topic:
I went into my local (Westfarms mall) Apple store yesterday to buy an iPhone 5. They were out. I asked when they will get the next shipment and the guy said my best bet is next week, late next week, thursday or friday of next week. He said they are getting shipments once or twice a week. How is this fair? People who ordered their 5 online 2 weeks ago still have another 2 weeks before it can even ship, nevermind arrive! Can't they just take like 3/4 of all of the units that go out to the Apple Store (worldwide) and ship them off to the people who ordered them online?! Well, wish me luck, I'm going to Verizon to cancel my current phone tomorrow, and then the Apple Store on Thursday to pick up an iPhone 5.

How is it fair that stores have absolutely no units when people that bought online, who choose not to go to a store, and who were told the time frame they'd have to wait if they purchased online now get them sooner than the stores?

And lets remember this is about orders, it's not that the next person waiting for an online shipment still has weeks to wait. What the stores get may not even put a dent in the online order time frame.

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Went down to look at it and came away unimpressed. Compared to my iPad 3 the screen was quite a step down but otherwise just a smaller iPad. Would like to see some new ideas from Apple.

Why would you go to see an iPad mini and expect "new ideas"? It's the iPad 2 resolution using the iPhone 3GS PPI so they can make a smaller tablet that already has a thriving ecosystem built in. It's a new device but outside of that I can't imagine what revolutionary new paradigm you were expecting.
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This reservation system that they're implementing really kicks ass.

I missed the initial iPhone 5 launch and then watched with little amusement as the delivery time blew out to three to four weeks and stayed there for the next month.

Ironically, after asking a stranger in public who had an iPhone 5 if I could feel the weight of it, I discovered he works at the Apple story in Sydney and he told me about the reservation system. Three attempts later and I've got a beautiful new 'Hotblack Desirato' black iPhone 5 and the knowledge not to fail to pre-order next time...

I ordered online the day it was released (here in The Netherlands) but still had to wait 3 weeks for my 64GB to arrive. The only 5's that were on sale were the 16GB versions on launch day. At the Amsterdam Store, I don't know if they were selling 32 and 64's.

OT: I sold my 4 too early and got stuck with a 3G (not s) for three weeks; boy was that a trip down memory lane! A slow lane I might add.
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I ordered online the day it was released (here in The Netherlands) but still had to wait 3 weeks for my 64GB to arrive. The only 5's that were on sale were the 16GB versions on launch day. At the Amsterdam Store, I don't know if they were selling 32 and 64's.
OT: I sold my 4 too early and got stuck with a 3G (not s) for three weeks; boy was that a trip down memory lane! A slow lane I might add.

It's funny how quickly our expectations for tech can change so quickly in one direction but not the other.

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just found a 64gb version in stock with Walmart... pays to shop around  :-P

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How is it fair that stores have absolutely no units when people that bought online, who choose not to go to a store, and who were told the time frame they'd have to wait if they purchased online now get them sooner than the stores?
And lets remember this is about orders, it's not that the next person waiting for an online shipment still has weeks to wait. What the stores get may not even put a dent in the online order time frame.

Well I just think that to wait 1 month for an iPhone is ridiculous. What if at the time that they ordered it online, the stores had 1 month until another shipment, they (the customers) put it online, and now people think that all stores have about the same time to wait as the online one, and they order it online preferring not having to go out? Now they happen to stop by an Apple Store and see they have them in stock. They have 3 weeks to wait before their iPhone comes, and they are enraged. When some of my family and I went to the store to buy it, and they said it was out-of-stock, somebody said that I should've told them that 'I was going to now go buy the Droid I was looking at downstairs' (not that I did, just theoretically). 

 

 


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