December looks set to be a good month for Apple fans in Russia. Just over a week after the Cupertino company rolled out the iTunes Store there, a local Apple Premium Reseller, re:Store, has announced that the iPad mini will be launching on December 14, the same day Russia will get the iPhone 5. That’s a week earlier than local media have been reporting, but an official date is yet to be confirmed by Apple.
While both gadgets are expected to arrive on the same day, re:Store expects them to be available at different times. It claims the iPhone 5 will go on sale at midnight on December 14, while the iPad mini won’t be available until later that evening — at 6 p.m. local time. The retailer also notes that “the first shipment of iPad mini is limited in quantity.”
The Next Web reports that Russian media outlets, citing unnamed sources in Apple retail, have previously reported that the iPad mini wouldn’t reach the country until December 21, leaving customers little time to snap up the device before Christmas.
Prices for the device are to start at 14,990 rubles ($488) for the 16GB model, while the 64GB model is to cost 22,990 rubles ($748). That’s the Wi-Fi-only models — those with LTE aren’t expected to arrive until later on.
Source: The Next Web