Though Apple had initially stated that the 4G LTE model of the 7.9-inch iPad mini iOS tablet would be available a week after the WiFi model went on sale, those who preordered the tablet found that the tablet would be ‘delivered by 11/21,’ a date that is later than what was previously promised by Apple; some preorder customers noted an initial delivery by date of 11/23, however. Now, it looks like Apple is beginning to prepare those tablets according to notification emails being sent to customers who pre-ordered the 4G LTE version.
Logging into your account status, Apple’s order page shows that early pre-orders are now processing, and that the item is ready for shipment within five business days. Apple’s page shows an estimated delivery date of November 21, which remains unchanged from before.
After Apple had initially posted the 11/21 delivery date, the company had quickly removed that date from its website’s order tracking page, leading some to speculate that Apple may have encountered difficulties in keeping up with demand and that the delivery estimate may have slipped. It appears that this may not be the case after all with the latest update.
As the item is still processing, customers can still cancel their orders at this time until the item switches to preparing for shipment.
The company still has not made any public statements to indicate when the 4G LTE iPad mini will begin appearing in Apple retail stores and other channels.
The iPad mini with 4G LTE will be available on U.S. wireless carriers AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, and Verizon Wireless. Customers have to choose which model they want up front, however, as models are not cross-compatible between carriers.