We managed to get hands-on the day Apple’s iPad mini launched, although this hadn’t been with the 3G/4G model thanks to Wi-Fi versions being first out the door with cellular options following shortly after. Next week will see the launch of the iPad 4 and iPad Mini LTE models, and this version is about to hit its ship date after multiply emails were sent out this week to those of you that pre-ordered the cellular plus Wi-Fi version.
The recent emails explained that the early pre-orders would start shipping within five business days, which considering this had been a few days ago means that the iPad Mini and iPad 4 LTE ship date will be around Monday/Tuesday next week. It is fair to say that some people will be disappointed if they ordered the new LTE 4G iPads a lot later, which is thanks to ship dates slipping within hours of pre-orders going live last month.
Apple iPad Mini 4G LTE shipping with iOS 6.0.1 – we’ve been running the iOS 6.0.1 update on our iPad mini for a number of days now, and while we didn’t notice any problems previously, the good news is there are no issues after installing the latest software on our review model. If you’ve preordered the iPad Mini with 4G/LTE and Wi-Fi, then you should find the latest iOS 6.0.1 update already installed on your device. You can see our iPad mini review here, which shows the size of the iPad 4 and iPhone 5 next to the 7.9-inch Apple tablet.
Have you had an iPad mini Wi-Fi + cellular shipping notice from Apple? Initially it had been expected that the iPad 4 and iPad mini LTE versions would ship 2 weeks after the Wi-Fi only launch, but this started to get confusing after shoppers saw expected shipping dates get even later after they ordered. We always hear scaremongering about Apple meeting the demand for new products, and the same has happened with the 4th generation iPad and mini version.
Bottom-line: If you placed an order soon enough for the iPad mini, or iPad 4, with LTE then you should receive a tracking number from Apple within the next couple of days. It is also true that some people that were a little late to the launch party might see a much longer wait, which is due to normal demand seen with most new Apple products. You might want to see our article from yesterday that looks at the iPad 4 vs. Nexus 10, and also takes Apple’s ecosystem into account as well. Will you be using AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon with your cellular iPad 4 / mini?