Regarding the Retina iPad mini launching tomorrow, November 12

Regarding the Retina iPad mini launching tomorrow, November 12

An Apple internal tool called Global Service Exchange (GSX) has listed the Retina iPad mini as becoming available in a handful of markets, including the U.S. tomorrow, November 12. That's been verified now by several outlets and individuals. Juli Clover of MacRumors:

iPad mini (Retina), delivering razor sharp text and detail in the same amazingly thin and light design, will be available in the following countries on November 12, 3013 (local time): Australia, China (Wi-Fi only), Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, United States.

While anything is possible, and Apple can and will release what they want, when they want, I'm inclined to agree with Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac:

Although this is confirmed to have come out of an Apple internal system, a Retina iPad mini launch date tomorrow makes little sense…

New iOS product release dates are typically announced by Apple in advance to prevent things like internal tools leaking the dates. Coordinating an iOS device launch, even a constrained one, is non-trivial and hard to keep quiet.

Apple typically releases new iOS devices on Fridays, also even when supply is constrained. They typically have reviews hit a few days prior to launch to remind people a new iOS device is coming out, and help them decide whether or not to buy it.

International launches are typically coordinated to local time zones, so the ocean pacific countries would already have had sales start, and North American stores would be stocking for first day sales.

Again, Apple can and will launch new product whenever, however best suits their interests. Unless or until other sources verify the November 12 date, however, up to and including an Apple press release, it remains a single data point, and those can't be taken as confirmation of anything.

We'll update when/if we find out more.

UPDATE: Holy crap, iPad mini orders are live, and in more countries than initially indicated, including Canada and Australia. Go get 'em.

Via: MacRumors, 9to5Mac

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ZachSimone says:

I'm in Australia, it's 1:30pm on the 12th November here and still no iPad mini with Retina Display. Usually rollouts are done on the same day for the first tier of countries, so unless they're planning on launching it much later today or tomorrow, I'd say this is very unlikely.

Also, it's unlike Apple do to a 'silent' launch of a product such as iPad, as announcing the release date brings them a lot of publicity and hype surrounding the product.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens ...

Premium1 says:

Hmm this or the iPad air... Decisions, decisions

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LCW says:

Order both and keep the one you like best. Orders from Apple right now can be returned by Jan 7 - I guess it's the time of year for their holiday return policy.

bahhhhh says:

No Canadian release? Hmm...

Nick Costa says:

Do I really want to wake up at 3 am to find out? on one hand I really need to buy the iPad mini as soon as it comes out, but I have class tomorrow. I will skip the 3 am but wake up at 6 to find out.

vashspike says:

I'm wondering if they'd do a sneaky ninja release due to the supply constraints we keep hearing about. It'd certainly make it easier for us news junkies to get our hands on it before anyone else.

Stealth release > Inevitable sellout > Not in stock until after January.

prophoto1 says:

and what about canada!! why would they leave canada out of this launch date! it makes no sense at all!

fl0manel says:

November 12, 3013? Either that's a typo or I gotta wait a tad bit longer... #sadday

Jaffa374 says:

Yeah I saw that, bit bummed out, a thousand years for a retina ipad mini... I think apple are losing their touch

oldwren says:

Apple's online store has gone offline and now displays their "We'll Be Back" message... this seems like confirmation, no?

ohohkhimee says:

Think so

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MikeDVB says:

The Apple store is offline for updates... So maybe?

reptarwilleatu says:

If the Store is down then that means it's coming.

Maybe Apple figures supply constraints wouldn't be so bad with the retina Mini if people aren't backlogged in line, it feels like it'd probably be even worse than how constrained the 5s launch was.

ohohkhimee says:

Is it safe to buy one despite the report that the display has burn in issue?

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reptarwilleatu says:

It's the first gen retina display for the Mini so if there are issues they'll definitely be capturing them all over the place (like the 2013 Macbook Airs etc). What report are you referring to though out of curiosity?

MikeDVB says:

Where did you hear that? Curious.

ohohkhimee says:

iPad Air and Mini retina were reported that they had burn in issue with the display made by sharp..makes me worry.

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oldwren says:

From what I understand, the burn-in issue is the reason so many displays have been *rejected*, so I would assume the few that Apple will be selling will be the ones unaffected by this issue. Either way, from what I hear, the burn-in issue isn't visible, just below Apple's standards.

LCW says:

"Hit 'em when they least expect it"

Barry Alavi says:

I agree with you iMore-On. Any chance to screw with the media is welcomed.

vashspike says:

Ordered using the Apple Store App. Space Grey WiFi 32GB! Yay!

claustin says:

Well I'll be damned it was true. Just got mine ordered. Stupid carrier versions ship in 5-10 days though.

larryganz says:

Just ordered mine, 128GB for ATT LTE...

krislord says:

It's available on the UK store now too :)

moroboshi says:

It's available now in the UK store.

avmsam says:

16gb wifi says shipping in 1-3 business days here in Canada.

Maria Dulce says:

There is no option to buy in Spain? When will here for sale?

Maria Dulce says:

I have asked in a shop in Madrid and have no idea when it will be available

totallymaxed says:

iPad Mini Retina available from the Apple online store now in the UK.

MikeDVB says:

AT&T 128GB Black Mini ordered. I've been waiting for this since the original non-retina mini was announced!

Anybody know what a 3rd Gen iPad Retina 64GB Black AT&T LTE would go for used [i.e. I don't need that one anymore, lol].

iMike44 says:

Ordered silver 16 GB on Apple store app. Thanks for the heads up iMore! Delivery date Nov. 20-22.

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