Apple sells out of initial iPad mini pre-order stock in 72 hours

By , Oct 29, 2012

Apple has taken some heavy criticism over the past few days regarding the iPad mini’s price tag. Starting at $329, a lot of folks feel that it has priced itself out of the 7-8-inch tablet market, which is dominated by $200 slates.

Well if that’s the case, then someone forgot to tell consumers. Because according to Apple’s website, the company has sold out of its initial pre-order stock of all Wi-Fi iPad minis during the tablet’s first 72 hours of availability…

The iPad mini, alongside the new 4th gen iPad went on sale at 12:01 am on Friday morning. And within an hour, all white models were completely sold out. Then yesterday, the 16GB version of the black models also disappeared.

Finally last night, we noticed that 32GB and 64GB black iPad mini models were showing an estimated shipping time of two weeks as well, essentially meaning that Apple had sold out of its allotted pre-order stock for the tablet.

This is good news for the Cupertino company, as the iPad mini is a new product with zero track record. It’ll be interesting to find out how many of them it actually sold this weekend; hopefully we’ll see those numbers later today.

If you’re still looking to snag an iPad mini, don’t worry. Apple Stores will still be carrying the tablets on November 2nd when the it officially launches. And + Cellular models will become available later this month.

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  • http://twitter.com/Ali4773 Muhammad Ali

    how many ipad mini sell out in 3 days ?

  • Kurt

    i didn’t buy one.

    • Kaptivator

      Me neither, but I’m waiting for them to get into the stores to get an actual feel of em.

      • CollegiateLad

        I ordered mine. And since Apple products maintain their value, I’ll just sell it when the retina comes out if I want it.

      • jameskatt

        They are going to be candy lickable.

    • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

      I bought one and iPad 4 to replace the iPad3.

      • Johnathan Jennings

        Liar.

    • BearManPig

      I’m pretty sure next generation iPad mini will have retina display… so i’ll just wait :P

  • Tr1pTr0p

    “Well if that’s the case, then someone forgot to tell consumers.” By consumers you mean, fanboys who rushed to waste their money? (i1 kym-cdn com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/252/262/89e.gif) And how many units are we even talking about? Hundred, thousand, hundred thousand, a million? The only thing I see in this article are pointless assumptions based on nothing. How about some investigative journalism for a change?

    • Faris

      You are sick, you know that ?

      • Tr1pTr0p

        How interesting. Please tell me more!

      • Faris

        Because you keep crying everywhere regarding how bad is the iPad mini and how is your lovely grandmother doesn’t need it!

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Ahh. The stupidity.

  • Kaptivator

    What was the volume of the initial stock?

    • http://twitter.com/FootStepsOfTobi T0b1 Zoldyc

      about 10 units for 16gb

  • Al

    Scratching my head on this one… I plan on waiting, anyone who has followed Apple knows there’s a retina screen coming with the next generation iPad Mini..

    • CollegiateLad

      Why are you scratching your head? Because the average consumer doesn’t hold retina in the same regard as you and I?

      • Al

        Granted the iPad Mini is well built and people prefer having a smaller size compared to the larger iPad.

        Having had the 3GS and the iPad 2, now.. Being aware of the screen quality of an retina screen. I refuse to go back to a lower quality screen, I’m disappointed Apple decided to go backwards.. When all this time they have been pushing us (apple consumers) forward..

  • CollegiateLad

    Even with the cheaper kindle and nexus 7 and competition from the new Surface, Apple still sells out of iPads. No wonder Amazon put up the comparison chart. Lol

    • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

      When I first look at the Amazon comparison chart… I feel like we are back to day 1 of PC vs Mac. It is about the software… not the spec and price.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    That’s a long ass time. iPhone 5 sold out in under 12 hours

    • jameskatt

      The iPad Mini WHITE sold out in 20 minutes.

      The iPhone 5 sold out in 1 hour.

      Looks like the iPad Mini WHITE is going to be HUGE this Christmas.

  • jameskatt

    The iPad Mini sells to many women and girls. It is highly attractive in white.

    The iPad Mini WHITE sold out in 20 minutes.

    The iPad Black took 3 days to sell out.

    Obviously, manly men and boys want the larger black one.