The white iPad Minis were pushed back on Friday, but it took through the weekend for the black model to meet the same fate. Apple’s iPad Mini shipments.(Credit: Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET)
Those looking to order an iPad Mini will need to wait a couple more weeks to get their hands on the device.
Apple’s store currently lists all iPad Mini with Wi-Fi models shipping in two weeks. Preorders on the tablet kicked off on Friday, and promised a November 2 shipment. Soon after on Friday, the white iPad Minis showed a two-week delay for new orders, but the black models were still available. All models are currently listed at two weeks.
Apple’s iPad Mini comes with a 7.9-inch screen. The Wi-Fi only model, which starts at $329, will be available on November 2. Apple plans to ship the iPad Mini with LTE service towards the end of November. It was believed that the iPad Mini with LTE would be available two weeks after the Wi-Fi-only model, but reports last week suggested that the launch date might actually be pushed back a bit further.
The iPad Mini is proving to be a costly product to manufacture. At his company’s earnings call last week, Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer said that the “iPad Mini’s gross margin is significantly below the corporate average.” He went on to tell shareholders and analysts that his company is “going to work to get down the cost curves and be more efficient in manufacturing.”