Your wait time for an iPad mini just got a little shorter. The shipping estimates for Apple’s new tablet have now been knocked down to just one to three business days for all Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus cellular models.
That’s an improvement from the three to five business days Cupertino promised in recent days.
While it may seem like a small difference, Apple has been grappling with iPad mini demand issues since its Nov. 2 launch. Pre-orders for the white/silver and black/slate devices sold out in a matter of days.
“We sold 23 million iPads and we obviously could have sold more than this, because we could not build enough iPad minis to come into a demand balance,” Apple chief Tim Cook said during a Jan. 23 earnings call.
“iPad mini was very constrained,” Cook continued. “We believe that we can achieve supply/demand balance on iPad mini later this quarter.”
Initial shipping dates tipped a two-week delivery time for the 7.9-inch, 1,024-by-768-display tablet. As noted by Phone Arena, Apple’s iPad mini shipping time dropped to one week just in time for the holiday shopping season.
The iPad mini weighs in at 0.68 pounds and is 7.5mm thick — 53 percent lighter and 23 percent thinner than its 9.7-inch counterpart. Available in three sizes, prices vary, starting at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version. The 32GB Wi-Fi is $429, while the 64GB carries at $529 price tag. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi-plus-cellular versions cost $459 (16GB), $559 (32GB), and $659 (64GB).
The mini runs on a dual-core A5 processor, and supports FaceTime HD with its 5-megapixel iSight camera. It also has LTE connectivity, plus 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10 hours of battery life, and the new Lightning connector also found on the iPhone 5.
For more, see PCMag’s review of Apple’s iPad mini and the slideshow above.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag