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iPad mini units with 4G LTE connectivity began arriving to customers from Apple's online store on Thursday, a day earlier than expected.

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AppleInsider reader Alex Sian was one of a number of customers who received their LTE-capable iPad mini on Thursday, a day before many orders are scheduled to arrive. His device, compatible with the Verizon network, was ordered from Apple's online store.

Apple first began shipping LTE-capable iPad models on Tuesday, with scheduled delivery dates of Friday. But some customers have begun receiving their shipments early.

Customers began receiving word last week that iPad mini with LTE orders would ship within five business days. iPad mini models with mobile data were originally advertised by Apple to begin shipping in "a few weeks," but a specific launch date was not given.

The Wi-Fi-only iPad mini was the first model to debut earlier this month, alongside the new fourth-generation iPad. Total sales of the new devices reached 3 million units in their first three days.

In addition to direct sales through Apple, the new iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad are also available through AppleInsider sponsor MacMall by calling 888-338-6102 or visiting their website.
post #2 of 18
Can anyone who received a white LTE iPad mini confirm the colour of the plastic insert on the back?

Up until today there hasn't been a single image of the white LTE iPad mini on Apple's site or anywhere else. I am curious as to whether this means the insert isn't black, or is a new colour.

The only pic I've seen is blurry and makes it look like it's a *grey* insert on the white iPad mini, but it's hard to be certain.
post #3 of 18
my verizon white unit just arrived, but my ATT black ordered at the same time has been "in shipping" for days 1frown.gif
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my verizon white unit just arrived, but my ATT black ordered at the same time has been "in shipping" for days 1frown.gif

Why two, and why different carriers?
post #5 of 18
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Why two, and why different carriers?

one for me to 'replace my iPad3), and white for the Wife - to match her iPhone. I have family & a business - so the iPad 3 will not be consigned to a drawer. I am hoping I can switch my ATT unlimited to the new mini

we were a verizon family, and verizon at work, but i jumped ship when first iPhone came out, despite ATT coverage being inferior in this area - the wife refused to carry a phone that would not get calls half the time (go figure) so now we have 4 iPhones on Verizon, and 4 on ATT - and its fine as long as i dont talk to the wife for too long :)


Edited by Right_said_fred - 11/15/12 at 9:10am
post #6 of 18

Too bad this only covers US customers and none of the customers in the rest of the world.  Time for someone to see how cellular usuage affects the longer than expected battery life of the mini.

post #7 of 18
Received mine this morning, quick call into Verizon to get it swapped with my current 4G hotspot, very happy with Apple and Verizon! 1biggrin.gif
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This is crazy. I'm tracking my iPad mini on FedEx. It went from SHANGHAI CN to ANCHORAGE, AK then back to SHANGHAI CN then to MEMPHIS, TN and now it is on its way to NARITA-SHI JP (Japan) . Somehow it is supposed to be delivered in California on Monday.


Edited by mstone - 11/15/12 at 10:27am

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post #9 of 18
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This is crazy. I'm tracking my iPad mini on FedEx. It went from SHANGHAI CN to ANCHORAGE, AK then back to SHANGHAI CN then to MEMPHIS, TN and now it is on its way to NARITA-SHI JP (Japan) . Somehow it is supposed to be delivered in California on Monday.

you should be able to register your iPad for frequent flyer miles ;-)

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This is crazy. I'm tracking my iPad mini on FedEx. It went from SHANGHAI CN to ANCHORAGE, AK then back to SHANGHAI CN then to MEMPHIS, TN and now it is on its way to NARITA-SHI JP (Japan) . Somehow it is supposed to be delivered in California on Monday.

 

Since it would be foolish to send it back to Shanghai, I think you're talking about two iPad minis in reality.  Perhaps the one initially shipped was broken/stolen/lost and they shipped another (although that doesn't explain why the second one is heading to Japan). 

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Since it would be foolish to send it back to Shanghai, I think you're talking about two iPad minis in reality.  Perhaps the one initially shipped was broken/stolen/lost and they shipped another (although that doesn't explain why the second one is heading to Japan). 

I don't know...If that were the case it would probably have a different tracking number I would think.

 

There are people on the Apple support forum who back in Feb 2012 were seeing almost the exact same shipping routes minus the stop in Memphis.
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3715441?start=0&tstart=0

 

I know it sounds nutty but I'm wondering if they really don't care how much jet fuel they use and they are processing various procedures in their major logistics plants around the world. I'm just guessing but perhaps they start out in huge shipping containers and then get sorted out incrementally until they have a pallet with just the iPads for my FedEx driver. Since the whole process is automated it apparently goes to wherever the specialized sorting facility is located. It sounds nuts but I'm having a difficult time trying to come up with a rational explanation.


Edited by mstone - 11/15/12 at 11:20am

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post #12 of 18
Got mine about 11:30 a.m. A day earlier than Apple promised, and 4 days earlier than FedEx promised. Happy camper.

It took a while to configure from the data on my 32GB iPad2. Back, restore, review, etc. Then clean up iPad2 for other members of family to use.

And yes, the Retina display is a noticeable improvement over the iPad2 display -- easier on the old eyes.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by mstone View Post

This is crazy. I'm tracking my iPad mini on FedEx. It went from SHANGHAI CN to ANCHORAGE, AK then back to SHANGHAI CN then to MEMPHIS, TN and now it is on its way to NARITA-SHI JP (Japan) . Somehow it is supposed to be delivered in California on Monday.

You're reading the tracking wrong. Looks confusing but times are "local" which means some entries show they've arrived before they've left. 

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You're reading the tracking wrong. 

Spoken like SJ himself lol.gif Actually I am probably reading it wrong. I learned on another site that Apple is submitting import export documents electronically which sends messages to various FedEx departments and they appear in the shipping records. In all likelihood the package is in Memphis and the 'in transit' descriptions are simply displaying the current status of the package whenever documents are sent. The only lines to pay attention to are the departed and arrivals.

 

 

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11/15/2012  -  Thursday
11:47 am
In transit
 
NARITA-SHI JP
11:18 am
In transit
 
MEMPHIS, TN
 
Package available for clearance
10:21 am
Arrived at FedEx location
 
MEMPHIS, TN
4:54 am
In transit
 
SHANGHAI CN
1:51 am
In transit
 
SHANGHAI CN
1:50 am
International shipment release - Import
 
SHANGHAI CN
1:38 am
Departed FedEx location
 
ANCHORAGE, AK
 - 
 
11/14/2012  -  Wednesday
11:59 pm
Arrived at FedEx location
 
ANCHORAGE, AK
10:00 pm
At local FedEx facility
 
SHANGHAI CN
 - 
 
11/13/2012  -  Tuesday
7:37 pm
Left FedEx origin facility
 
SHANGHAI CN
5:52 pm
Picked up
 
SHANGHAI CN
 
Package received after FedEx cutoff
4:42 am
Shipment information sent to FedEx

Edited by mstone - 11/15/12 at 12:19pm

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post #15 of 18
I got my order into the Apple Store by 12:04, but I guess that since it was an AT&T model, I won't get it until next week ... ;-(
post #16 of 18
I received my 16B white LTE iPad mini today - a day earlier than expected. I also just received my 16GB black 4th gen iPad today which wasn't due to arrive until Monday! Very happy. 1biggrin.gif
post #17 of 18

My first post was lost. 

I was the first one to preorder iPad mini with LTE online, and it still days from delivering, very disappointed. as it is still sitting at the other side of the earth:

 

Ship (P/U) date :
Wed 11/14/2012 4:04 pm
SHANGHAI
CN
fedex-progress-bar-details-in-transit.png
In transit
At local FedEx facility
SHANGHAI, CN
Estimated delivery :
Tues 11/20/2012 4:30 pm
 
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11/15/2012  -  Thursday
10:00 pm
At local FedEx facility
 
SHANGHAI CN
 - 
 
11/14/2012  -  Wednesday
5:16 pm
Left FedEx origin facility
 
SHANGHAI CN
4:04 pm
Picked up
 
SHANGHAI CN
 
Package received after FedEx cutoff
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11/13/2012  -  Tuesday
9:29 am
Shipment information sent to FedEx
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I was the first one to preorder iPad mini with LTE online, and it still days from delivering, very disappointed.

I somehow doubt that.

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