Just like the iPhone 5, Apple’s iPad Mini sold out in its first weekend of preorders.
Unlike the iPhone 5, which sold out in a matter of hours, the iPad Mini took through Saturday to sell out after tablet shoppers could start preordering on Friday at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time. It did only take a little more than an hour, however, for the white model to sell out and be bumped back to a two week wait time. The black model with slate backing sold out sometime Saturday afternoon.
Apple’s smaller tablet, which is being targeted as a great e-reader and product for first-time tablet shoppers, starts at $329 for a 16 GB WiFi only model. The iPad Mini weighs two-thirds of a pound and features a 7.85-inch screen.
While the quick sellout can help measure the popularity of the product, it doesn’t really tell the entire story of supply and demand, as many Apple Stores on Friday, Nov. 2 will have black and white models of the iPad Mini in stock, with a long lineup of people hoping to be the first to have one in their hands.
If you’re looking for an iPad Mini with 4G LTE capability, you’ll have to wait two weeks until Nov. 21 to receive your tablet.
For those that did preorder early enough Friday, iPad Minis are already being prepared for shipment, according to MacRumors.
“Just 12 hours after iPad mini pre-orders went live, Apple has already begun preparing some of those first orders for shipment. The status reflects the final step before the packages are handed off to delivery companies. So far, we have seen a pair of reports in our forums with at least one of them coming from the UK, and another report from a Twitter user in Germany.”
Make sure to visit Blorge this week for a full review on Apple’s newest tablet.