Apple iPad mini Can Now Be Pre-ordered

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Those who are eager to get their hands on Apple’s first 7.9-inch tablet can put in a pre-order now. The iPad mini starts at $320, and has been designed to appeal to those looking for a smaller, cheaper Apple tablet.

Update: Pre-orders started several hours ago, and as of 9 Am EDT the device has not yet sold out.

Update 2: Apple’s pre-order stock of white iPad minis has now sold out. The company says that orders placed today won’t ship for two weeks. The black version, on the other hand, is still available for pre-order.

Apple iPad and iPad miniOrders placed today will be delivered next Friday, Nov. 2. That’s the actual launch date for this product.

The Wi-Fi version of the iPad mini is the only one that can be ordered today. The 4G-enabled one won’t go on sale for another two weeks.

There are three configurations available: a 16GB is $330, the 32GB one is $430, while the 64GB model is $530. Adding 4G LTE support will be an additional $130.

A Scaled-Down iPad

When it debuts next week, the mini will have a 7.9-inch touchscreen, verses the 9.8-inch one on the company’s full-size tablets. This will have a 1024 x 768 resolution, the same as the first and second-generation iPads, which means app developers won’t have to create new versions of their software for this device.

The iPad mini will debut running Apple iOS 6 on an Apple A5 processor — the same chip used in the iPad 2.

It will use the Lightning connector, which recently debuted on the iPhone 5. This means that virtually no accessories for current iPads will work with this one, but Apple is working to release a range of cables and adapters.

It is going have both front and rear-facing cameras, and Apple is promising 10 hours of battery life.

Around the World

Not everyone can pre-order an iPad mini today – Apple is only accepting orders in certain countries: the U.S., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.

When this device is actually released, those in Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia will be able to purchase it, but it’s not available for pre-order in these countries.

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