Apple sold out of supplies of the white iPad mini from its pre-order cache in just minutes on Friday, while its supplies of the black model finally began to deplete on Saturday.
Availability of the black models in the U.S. online store began to slip on Saturday, when shipping dates for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model moved to two weeks. The 32 GB and 64 GB models have now followed suit, and all Wi-Fi iPad mini models are now being quoted two-week shipping estimates. Apple is still quoting its original “Mid November” estimate for cellular-capable models in the U.S., with other countries seeing “Late November” estimates.
The new, smaller iPad will officially go on sale this Friday November 2 for those who were not able to place pre-orders. Apple Stores will begin sales on Friday at 8:00 AM.
The fourth-generation iPad will also be launching on Friday, and will see cellular-capable models being delayed until mid-to-late November.