For the first time since the tablet launched in early November, estimated shipping times for Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini have fallen to one week as supply finally begins to catch up with demand. The iPad mini launched on November 2nd and was met with heavy consumer demand — while Apple failed to break down sales by model, the company announced that it sold more than 3 million iPad and iPad mini tablets combined during their first weened of availability. Shipping times for new orders placed on Apple’s website have remained lengthy since early November but as of Thursday, estimates are down to one week for all Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models, ensuring that deliveries will arrive in time for Christmas. BGR reviewed the iPad mini last month and called it Apple’s best tablet yet.
Consumer electronics sales typically decline following a surge in the December quarter but according to a new report, continued demand for Apple’s (AAPL) new iPad mini will help offset the typical seasonal decline in full-size iPad sales during the first quarter next year. According to Digitimes’ unnamed industry sources, orders to Apple’s iPad panel suppliers are down as much as 20% this quarter as shipments are adjusted to account for the typical slow-down after the holidays. The site’s sources state that iPad mini orders continued to climb in the fourth quarter, however, indicating that Apple anticipates continued heavy demand for the tablet through the first quarter of 2013. More →
Immediately following its launch earlier this month, Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini ran into a problem that many iOS devices have faced in the past: Apple can’t build enough of them. The company sold more than 3 million iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad tablets combined during their first weekend of availability. The tablet has seemingly seen steady demand since then, and new orders placed on Apple’s website still take two weeks to ship. Citing unnamed industry sources, Digitimes on Friday reported that Apple’s iPad mini supply woes may soon come to an end as the company seeks a third display panel manufacturer to offset difficulties that AU Optronics continues to face. As a result of AUO’s yield issues, iPad mini shipments this year are estimated to fall to between 6 million and 8 million units from Apple’s purported initial goal of 10 million units.
Apple (AAPL) on Friday announced that the iPhone 5 and iPad mini will both become available in China beginning in December. The announcement follows news that Apple’s latest iPhone had finally been approved for use on China Telecom’s network. Wi-Fi-only versions Apple’s iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will launch on December 7th and the iPhone 5 will become available the following week on December 14th. Apple’s press release follows below. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) component suppliers in the Far East continue to experience mass production issues that will keep the iPad mini and new iMac All-in-One computer lineup in short supply until some time in the first quarter next year, a new report claims. Citing unnamed industry sources, Digitimes on Tuesday reports that LG Display and AU Optronics continue to see display panel production issues for the new iPad mini tablet that likely won’t be fully resolved until some time next quarter. According to the site’s sources, iPad mini shipments will total just 6 million units in the fourth quarter this year, 40% short of the 10 million-unit target set by Apple. More →
With the recent launch of the iPad mini, Apple (AAPL) has continued its attempts to end its reliance on Samsung (005930). A new report from Digitimes suggests a majority of screens for the company’s smaller tablet are coming from LG Display (LPL). A recent teardown of the iPad mini’s hardware revealed that Samsung is still supplying some panels, however. AU Optronics (AUO) is also said to be supplying Apple with displays, although the manufacturer reportedly continues to have issues manufacturing the panels. It was reported last month that Apple also turned away from using Samsung’s displays in its fourth-generation iPad and latest MacBook computers.
Apple’s (AAPL) new tiny tablet is the target of an amended complaint from Samsung (005930), which alleges that the iPad mini infringes several protected technologies owned by the South Korean company. Samsung this week asked the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for permission to add several recently announced Apple devices along with a few earlier models to an earlier complaint that alleges various infringements. Along with the iPad mini are the fourth-generation iPad, the newest iPod touch and three earlier versions of the iPod touch, and all are said to be infringing the same patents Samsung cited earlier in the case. Samsung’s motion to add the six new devices has not yet been granted and the trial is scheduled to begin on January 8th, 2013.
In what has been called one of the dumbest crimes in recent history, a worker at John F. Kennedy airport has been accused of being the “less-than-master-mind” behind last week’s iPad mini heist. Renel Rene Richardson allegedly made suspicious comments to co-workers regarding the whereabouts of a forklift and the arrival of Apple’s (AAPL) cargo, The New York Post reported. Richardson is said to have acted as a lookout while two accomplices accessed a storage building containing thousands of iPad minis. The duo allegedly used the airport’s own forklift to load two pallets containing the devices into their vehicle, however they were confronted by an airport employee and were forced to flee the scene of the crime, leaving three additional pallets untouched. The incident took place in the same cargo building as the 1978 Lufthansa heist, which was featured predominately in the movie Goodfellas. It is unclear if the stolen iPads have been recovered at this point.
Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini appears to be selling quite well, even with an “inferior” non-Retina display and two-year old guts. While the Wi-Fi model has been out since November 2nd and U.S. customers just started getting their LTE models last week, those living abroad are seeing shipping times for preordered LTE iPad minis slip from late November to December, according to SlashGear and Macworld.uk. But, not all models are seeing delays reports SlashGear. The tech blog says it believes the entry-level 16GB iPad mini with LTE is seeing short supply whereas the 32GB LTE iPad mini is still showing a delivery date by the end of November. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini might be “pixel-poor,” but sales have already reached into the millions. Apple released the Wi-Fi version of its new tiny tablet earlier this month and the LTE-enabled model was said to follow at a later date. Many who preordered the tablet began receiving their orders on Thursday and Sprint (S) announced just after midnight on Friday morning that the iPad mini Wi-Fi + LTE is now available for sale in a number of its retail stores around the country. The tablet will likely be available in Apple Stores as well beginning today, along with other carrier stores and Best Buy (BBY) stores. It is unclear how much inventory will be available at launch and new orders placed on Apple’s website will ship within two weeks. BGR reviewed the iPad mini earlier this month and called it Apple’s best iPad yet.
Look, it’s kind of like Blue Steel versus Magnum, but there are two visible differences between Apple’s (AAPL) Wi-Fi-only iPad mini and the new iPad mini Wi-Fi + LTE. For starters, there’s the antenna cover at the top and while Apple decided not to go with a white plastic cover on previous white iPad models, this time it pulled the trigger — white on white on aluminum. Also notably different is the SIM card slot, but besides that, these two units feel identical. Verizon’s LTE network works beautifully with the iPad mini, delivering the amazingly quick performance we’ve come to expect, and the rest has been covered at length. There are some comparison photos of the iPad mini Wi-Fi and the new Wi-Fi + LTE model in our hands-on gallery, so make sure to check those out. BGR’s full review of the iPad mini can be found here. More →
Shortly before midnight on Monday two criminals accessed a cargo building in John F. Kennedy airport and managed to steal $1.5 million worth of iPad minis. According to The New York Post, the pair used the airport’s own forklift to load two pallets containing the Apple (AAPL) tablets into their vehicle. The criminals promptly fled the scene after being confronted by an airport employee with three additional pallets left untouched. As of Wednesday night, the duo were still at large and police are now suspecting the criminals had help from an insider. The more than 3,500 stolen iPad mini devices came from a shipping company known as Cargo Airport Services and had just arrived from China. The incident took place in the same cargo building as the 1978 Lufthansa heist where a group of criminals ran off with $5 million in cash and nearly $900,000 worth of jewelry, a haul that when adjusted for inflation totals more than $21 million.
Apple’s (AAPL) new iPad mini will cannibalize sales of the company’s full-size iPad. It goes without saying. What remains unclear, however, is whether or not that’s a bad thing. According to BOM estimates, Apple’s margins on the iPad mini are in the same ballpark as margins on its pricier tablets. And according to a recent survey conducted by financial services firm Cowen Group, the iPad mini does much more good than harm. More →