Looks like Apple loyalists prefer the iPad mini over the fourth generation iPad considering that the first batch of the former is already sold out. While the shipping date of pre-orders for the 7.9-inch gadget has been pushed back by two weeks, the 9.7-inch tablet will knock on buyers’ doors within a week itself.
According to MacRumors, the white-colored iPad mini was sold out about 17 minutes after pre-orders started. Subsequently, even the black version’s shipping date slipped by two weeks. The official website says that the cellular versions of these devices will make their debuts in mid-November. This slate will hit retail stores on November 2 as planned, since Cupertino has traditionally always reserved stock for opening day. So prospective customers who are not willing to wait for two more weeks to lay their hands on this iOS 6 treat, should be able pick it up from shelves on November 2, before it is sold out.
The compact tablet is the first of its kind to have been launched by Apple and sports an LED-backlit IPS touch display of 7.9 inches. Measuring 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 millimeters, the device tips the scales at close to 308 grams. A dual core A5 chipset powers the device, while iOS 6 brings a horde of new features. There’s a 5MP iSight primary camera as well as a front-facing FaceTime webcam for capturing still shots, recording videos and making face-to-face calls. It can cough up the juice for computing time of close to 10 hours on a single charge.
The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi variants can be pre-ordered for $329, $429 and $529, respectively.