When Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPad mini at 12 a.m. Pacific, I visited the store a few times to see how quickly it sold out. I didn’t buy one; I have a third-generation iPad and decided I don’t need another one. But I was curious.
To my surprise, at 12:03 a.m. Pacific, the white iPad mini had already sold out in the United Kingdom. Only the black model was available for November 2 delivery. And just over ten minutes later, it was a similar story for Apple’s U.S. online store.
It’s hard to tell at this point whether that’s due to high demand of the white model, or just severely constrained supplies. But I’m starting to believe it’s the latter, because more than four hours after the iPad mini first went on sale, the black model is still available for launch day delivery.
What’s more, the iPad mini with LTE isn’t available for delivery until mid-November — and that’s been the case since Apple began accepting pre-orders.
It looks like the Cupertino company may not have made enough.
If you’re adamant you want a white iPad mini, the only way to secure one on launch day now would be to visit your local Apple retail store and pray they have one left for you.