By Sumit Passary | Oct 28, 2012 10:41 AM EDT
Apple launched its highly-anticipated iPad mini on Oct. 23 at a starting price of $329. Pre-orders for the tablet commenced on Oct. 26 and the 16GB black slate was sold out within 35 hours; a bit late when compared to the white iPad mini which was sold-out within 20 minutes after pre-orders commenced.
The pre-order page on Apple's Web site previously indicated the shipment date of the 16GB iPad mini as Nov. 2. Now, the web page indicates a shipment date of two weeks. However, the 32/64GB versions of the iPad mini (Wi-Fi only) priced at $429 and $529, respectively, are still available with a shipment date of Nov. 2.
"My take on $AAPL running out of 16GB minis in < 36hrs: It's a big deal. Apple probably stocked more of those than anything else," indicated Jon Fortt, a CNBC Technology correspondent on his Twitter post.
The iPad mini packs in impressive features which users may expect in a small tablet. The iPad mini sports a 7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution. Apple's own custom-designed A5 processor powers the iPad mini. The iPad mini is available in 16/32/64GB on-board storage versions.
The iPad mini sports a 5-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The iPad mini includes a 16.3 watt-hour battery, which Apple claims will provide 10 hours of continuous productivity to its user.
The tablet is available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity; however, the latter is expected to hit the shelves in mid-November.
"According to Apple design chief Jony Ive, the iPad mini condenses the features of a full-size iPad into small form factor, featuring a 7.9-inch display and thin 7.2-millimeter chassis that weighs only 0.68 pounds," reported Apple Insider.
The iPad mini will reach users soon. Time will tell if the iPad mini will be able to impress the iFans and the tech pundits like its 9.7-inch iPad versions.
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