Buyers face Apple iPad mini shipping delays

Apple rapidly sold out of its 1st stock of white and silver iPad minis, which are now likely to ship in 2 weeks rather than arriving on Nov 2 for US buyers. The same shipping wait applies to the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, though as of 11:30AM ET, all black and slate models are still available for on-schedule arrival next Friday.

Reports from other areas indicate both designs are sold out and facing a two-week shipping time-frame in all the locations in which the iPad mini is available for pre-order, such as Canada and the UK. Retailers and Apple Stores will still have stock of the white model on its debut next Friday, but numbers are likely to be restricted.

Both the black and white models begin at $329 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB edition and $529 for the 64GB version. Stepping up to a cellular-equipped iPad mini adds $130 to the base price, and each of the storage volumes and colors will not ship until mid-November.

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