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Apple support website claims Retina iPad mini to launch on Nov. 12

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A note on Apple's internal GSX website for repair service providers and resellers claims the hotly anticipated iPad mini with Retina display will be rolling out in eight countries on Nov. 12, though the message may likely be an error.

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According to Apple's Global Service Exchange tool, the Retina iPad mini is set to debut on Nov. 12 local time in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. The note was first spotted by MacRumors.

While AppleInsider has been able to verify that the message does exist on GSX, and has subsequently been seen by resellers, the quoted date is likely erroneous.

The message reads:

Published date: 11 Nov 2013

iPad mini (Retina), delivering razor sharp text and detail in the same amazingly thin and light design, will be available in the following countries on November 12, 2013 (local time).

  • Australia
  • China (Wi-Fi only)
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • United States

All of the above mentioned countries, save for the U.S., are already well into Nov. 12, with no sign of the Retina iPad mini at Apple Stores or third-party resellers. At the time of this writing, the local time in New Zealand is already well past 4 p.m., for example. It is highly unlikely that Apple will start sales before stores close.

Apple usually reserves Friday for big product launches, as evidenced by the recent debut of the iPhone 5s and 5c, as well as the iPad Air. A Tuesday launch, especially one without any public notice, would be out of the norm.

Apple has yet to announce a solid release date for the Retina mini since the device was unveiled alongside the iPad Air in October. At the time, Apple said the tablet would hit store shelves "later in November," prompting industry watchers to speculate of supply chain issues.

Most recently, a report out of the Far East claimed Apple partner manufacturer and Retina display supplier Sharp was having problems with screen burn-in, which translated into lower than expected yield rates.

While strictly speculation, it is interesting to point out that next Friday falls on Nov. 22, just one digit off Apple's GSX quote.
post #2 of 35
Apple wouldn't launch it stealthily. No one would know when to line up.

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post #3 of 35
November 22nd seems like the most likely to me.


Edit: Wow! An amazing typo to be sure as noted by the comments.
Edited by akqies - 11/11/13 at 7:55pm
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...isn't there such a date as the 12th of Never?
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Apple wouldn't launch it stealthily. No one would know when to line up.
maybe thats the point. Lining up only to come up short handed is a bad customer experience.
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Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post
...isn't there such a date as the 12th of Never?

 

Mine’s booked; can we make it the 32nd? 

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November seems like the most likely to me.

 

Of course it is, that's what Apple said.

 

The question is when in November, not which month.

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November seems like the most likely to me.
I'll go out on limb even further and predict Nov 2013! Outlandish I know... 1smile.gif
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post #9 of 35
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November seems like the most likely to me.

 

Which part tipped you off, the part where it says "Coming later in November" on all iPad mini marketing material and Apple's website? 

post #10 of 35
Not sure it was unavailable before but it can be bought (ordered) right now from the online store with delivery 5-7 business days. That's the HK online store.

No clue if it was available before. Just mentioning this.
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Not sure it was unavailable before but it can be bought (ordered) right now from the online store with delivery 5-7 business days. That's the HK online store.

No clue if it was available before. Just mentioning this.

 

Bollocks. It can not be orderd from the HK store at this time: http://store.apple.com/hk/buy-ipad/ipad-mini-retina

 

We are talking about the iPad Mini with Retina Display. It appears you are talking about the iPad Air.

 

Edit: Neither 'I' nor 'it' can be orderd from Hong Kong.


Edited by Douglas Bailey - 11/11/13 at 8:14pm
post #12 of 35
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/11/11/apple-support-site-retina-ipad-mini-coming-nov-12/

Apple's spokeswoman has declined to comment. This may very well be true.
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http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/11/11/apple-support-site-retina-ipad-mini-coming-nov-12/

Apple's spokeswoman has declined to comment. This may very well be true.

What could be true?

 

It's 5:10pm in New Zealand and the iPad Mini with Retina Display is not even listed in their online Apple store. Not even with coming soon.

It's 3:10pm in Australia and the iPad Mini with Retina Display is currently unavailable to ship.

 

What could be true?

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Originally Posted by Douglas Bailey View Post

What could be true?

It's 5:10pm in New Zealand and the iPad Mini with Retina Display is not even listed in their online Apple store. Not even with coming soon.
It's 3:10pm in Australia and the iPad Mini with Retina Display is currently unavailable to ship.

What could be true?
the 5:30am announcement thing is just a guess. However the Apple spokeswoman declined to comment rather than say the media is wrong flat out.
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the 5:30am announcement thing is just a guess. However the Apple spokeswoman declined to comment rather than say the media is wrong flat out.

 

5:30am annoucement? It is 5:15pm in New Zealand on Nov 12th. The day is over. This is not happening on Nov 12th as suggested by the Support site.



Edit: Well I was wrong and happy about it. For some reason I was only considering the impossibility of in store sales and did not consider that they could just turn on pre-orders and still make this date of Nov 12th in NZ.
Edited by Douglas Bailey - 11/12/13 at 2:03am
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Originally Posted by AdonisSMU View Post
Apple's spokeswoman has declined to comment. This may very well be true.

 

Why? Ever?

 
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post #17 of 35
A quiet launch makes sense since the supply is severely constrained.
post #18 of 35
Why would supplies be constrained? It's just a smaller iPad Air.

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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
Why would supplies be constrained?

 

Apple. 

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post #20 of 35
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Bollocks. It can not be orderd from the HK store at this time: http://store.apple.com/hk/buy-ipad/ipad-mini-retina

 

We are talking about the iPad Mini with Retina Display. It appears you are talking about the iPad Air.

 

Edit: Neither 'I' nor 'it' can be orderd from Hong Kong.

 

NM

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Apple Store is offline with the We'll Be Back message rotator.
post #22 of 35

usa store getting updated as we speak. check back at 3 am est i bet u it will be available to order. its out nov 12.

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Why would supplies be constrained? It's just a smaller iPad Air.

Because the Retina Displays are that gosh-darn hard to produce at that resolution, at that size, and with Apple's quality-control levels. At least, that's according to all the reports I've heard.


Remember, each iPad mini is packing a full-sized iPad's number of pixels onto a significantly smaller screen.

post #24 of 35

A retina mini would be nice.  I saw the iPad air closely yesterday and it was pretty nice.

 

But, they both run iOS7, which will keep me from buying.

 

If they could run iOS6...

 

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post #25 of 35
Probably just going to take pre-orders for a Friday delivery to align with an in-store launch.
post #26 of 35
30 minutes to go! LOL!
post #27 of 35

Yay! We hope it launches today and we can pick it up today. 7 Minutes to go!

post #28 of 35
Told ya so.....
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Mine’s booked; can we make it the 32nd? 
you can apologize for making fun of me now...
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Why? Ever?
you were dead ass wrong.
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...isn't there such a date as the 12th of Never?
lmao! Clearly there is such a thing as 12th of never.
Edited by AdonisSMU - 11/12/13 at 1:14am
post #32 of 35
Hong Kong Apple store website available to order right now, 5-10 business for both color (silver/gray).
post #33 of 35
It is available with a expected shipment of 5-10 business days in the danish store: http://store.apple.com/dk/buy-ipad/ipad-mini-retina
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It is available with a expected shipment of 5-10 business days in the danish store: http://store.apple.com/dk/buy-ipad/ipad-mini-retina
supply isnt that constrained for anyone paying attention.
post #35 of 35
I love the end of the 1st paragraph.

"though the message may likely be an error"

Isn't that great?

I got mine thankfully! Best Buy!!

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