iPad iPad Mini with Retina Launch Date

Discussion in 'iPad' started by adammgaines, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. adammgaines macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Tulsa, OK
  2. xNYMetsx macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2013
    If I were Apple, I would aim for the middle of November hoping to get the initial rush out of the way early before the holiday season. I would want a good two week buffer from black friday (but a healthy in-store supply on black friday seems doubtful right now.)

    Although, reports say that the numbers are still awful. But, we have a decent amount of time until the middle of November so they should be fine. I suggest getting one on launch day if you do plan on getting one. Seeing how bad inventory is now, it's going to be hard to get a hold of one after launch day.
  3. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Their are 30 possible days in November.
  4. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    22nd. I'm more curious when they'll finally announce the date. It's getting close to nov.
  5. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    No rumors, Nov 1st in the US. They should be available at Apple Stores and online is probably the usual 7-14 days ship time.
  6. adammgaines thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Tulsa, OK
    Yea I am hoping a few weeks before Black Friday too.

    I guess pre-orders are a long shot at this point with all the supply constraints.
  7. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    It's really odd for Apple to not announce a shipping date. Usually that's considered "vapor ware" and most Apple fans rip on other companies for doing that. I'm certainly not a fan of it.

    I think they may be trying to maximize sales of the Air. With the Mini Retina being spec'd similarly, they might expect that some users who can't wait will pick up the Air on the 1st since it's a sure thing—which will ease some of the demand on the Mini Retina which is rumored to be in short supply. I'm for sure getting one for my wife, and as for me, I'm going to wait to see what reviews and teardowns say about the iPad Air.

    If I had to pick a date, I would pick the 22nd.
  8. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    It kinda sucks that you can't see both of them in the store on Nov 1. It would be nice to be able to compare before buying.
  9. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    I'm not usually a cynic, but this may be a reason/the reason that the Retina Mini is coming out AFTER the 14-day return policy of the iPad Air has expired....:eek:
  10. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2009
    Edmonton, AB
    That's the date for the Air. All the said for the Mini is "late November", I believe.

  11. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    I don't blame them if that is the reason. Look at all the posts in iPhone forum. People buy a space grey 5s, use it for 10 days, then return it because all along they wanted a gold iPhone. I hate people who do this, driving up the costs to everyone.
  12. preyan macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    South Africa
  13. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    They said "later in November", most vapor-ware products can't even guarantee a release in the next 6 months.

    I remember last year Nokia announced the new Lumia 920 before the iPhone 5 but it wasn't released until 2 months after the iPhone 5 and all they had said was "later this year".
  14. csrini1 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    More like 29th or even 1st week of December after ps4 and XBOX One launches are complete
  15. Vanilla Ice macrumors 6502

    Vanilla Ice

    Jan 30, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Good guess! Keep in mind though, sometime late this month or early November, Apple offers extended Holiday returns. Way beyond 14 days :)
  16. jian macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    San Francisco
    me after all night waiting outside of an Apple store "I really wanted a gold one, but I'm not gonna leave empty handed so I will just settle with a black one I guess."
    Apple specialist "well you can return this within 14 days and get a gold one, hopefully we will have more by then"
    me "that's true, but I don't want to abuse this policy though"
    Apple specialist "true, well a lot of people do that"
  17. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
    I don't think Apple cares about the PS4 and Xbox One launches. They will release their product whenever they want to. If it were me, I would launch the retina mini on the 22nd just to take attention away from Microsoft.

    Apple needs the retina mini on the market before Thanksgiving.
  18. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Pre thanksgiving is my guess. I'm not buying this shortage rumor we keep hearing. If it was that bad, Apple wouldn't be deploying to as many countries, nor would have the release been announced for November.
  19. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    Wait do iPads always start out 7-14 days?
  20. mrmarts macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Lmao each of these days is a possible anxiety attack, about whether you are going to be in time to grab one of these popular devices. If you miss out that means another 30 possible days before the next rumoured shipment date.
  21. vi2867 macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2006
    Eastvale, CA
    The following dates I think we can eliminate:

    November 1 - 1st week after iPad Air Launch
    November 2 - 1st week after iPad Air Launch
    November 3 - I don't think Apple will launch on a Sunday
    November 4 - 1st week after iPad Air Launch
    November 5 - 1st week after iPad Air Launch
    November 6 - 1st week after iPad Air Launch
    November 7 - 1st week after iPad Air Launch
    November 10 - I don't think Apple will launch on a Sunday
    November 17 - I don't think Apple will launch on a Sunday
    November 24 - I don't think Apple will launch on a Sunday
    November 27 - Day before Thanksgiving
    November 28 - Thanksgiving day Apple Stores closed
    November 29 - Black Friday
    November 30 - Day after Black Friday

    There are 16 possible dates left.:D
  22. MisterPunchy macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2013
    Yep. Nov 15 it is,
  23. bigcstyle4 macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    Hopefully this doesn't turn into the white iPhone 4.
  24. AttilaTheHun macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    So don't buy the ipad air on the 11/1 by it on 11/2 so you can return it on the 11/15

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