Htc — 27 November 2012
Where are the international iPad minis with LTE?

Where are the international iPad minis with LTE?

Literally seconds after Apple opened pre-orders for the iPad mini I bought a 32GB model in white. That was on October 26. A month ago. Not only hasn’t it arrived yet, it hasn’t even shipped yet. U.S. iPad minis + LTE began arriving weeks ago but international iPad minis + LTE aren’t being treated equally. That’s nothing new. Apple famously (or infamously) delayed the release of the original iPad and iPad 2 almost a month outside the U.S. But with the iPad mini, the international Wi-Fi only versions were available for delivery and purchase day and date with U.S. versions. It’s only the LTE (or cellular, if your carrier doesn’t support LTE) versions that seem to be MIA.

The iPad Mini Wi-Fi + cellular was advertised as available to ship in late November. That now leaves 4 days, and and means time from pre-order to fulfillment will be over a month. Even at US$ 459, the not-cheap starting price for a 16GB iPad mini, Apple might be having trouble keeping up with demand. (Which should neatly explain why there’s no “cheap” iPad mini — Apple’s not targeting price-concious customers, and doing so would only make a bad problem worse anyway.)

It took Apple an embarrassingly, outrageously, incomprehensibly long time to get Lightning cables and adapters into stores. During that painful period, early device adopters were left without connectivity, sometimes without even charging solutions for their brand new iPhone 5 handsets (especially those who lost or damaged the original, lone Lightning cable that came in the box). It was a rare and disappointing gaff by a company that’s usually the best in the business when it comes to getting product onto shelves.

The lack of international iPad mini + LTE shipments is nowhere near as bad as that. Apple still has a few more days left in November to at least ship the devices. And to get iTunes 11 done, and a few more weeks to get the new, wafer-thin iMacs out the door.

But that’s a lot of product to leave to the last Holiday minute.

Anyone else outside the U.S. order an iPad mini + LTE? If so, what’s your shipment status?

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