Apple iPad Mini hits store shelves

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

(Updated 4:39 p.m.)

Apple’s new iPad Mini hit store shelves Friday but indications are the lines that greeted its older sibling were not as long in many areas of the country this time around.

From New York City to Palo Alto, Calif., to Atlanta, diehard Apple and iPad fans were at stores before they opened to purchase or just get a feel for the new 7.9-inch Mini. Pre-orders were taken two weeks ago.

Metro Atlanta Apple stores were selling Wi-Fi-only models of the Mini, which is about two-thirds the size of the 9.7-inch iPad, 53 percent lighter and 23 percent thinner.

One local store was telling customers by 2:30 p.m. that they only had black 16GB Minis, having already sold out of black and white 32GB and 64GB models. The Wi-Fi and cellular combined models were expected to go on sale in a few weeks.

The Wi-Fi-only 16GB model sells for $329, 32GB for $429 and 64GB for $529. The Wi-Fi plus cellular models include 16GB for $459, 32GB for $559 and 64GB for $659.

Wall Street analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray told the news media that weekend iPad Mini sales may reach just 1 million to 1.5 million, compared with 3 million iPads sold when it debuted in stores seven months ago.

The price tag may get the blame for some of the lack of retail traffic. There are also other well-established 7-inch mini tablet competitors, with Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire and Google’s $199 Nexus 7, leading the pack.

At Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, hundreds gathered outside despite the disruptions all around as New Yorkers continued to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The crowd, however, was smaller than the lines for the September launch of the iPhone 5. Still, MacRumors.com said the Mini sold out within two hours.

On the opposite coast in California, lines were also smaller. When one patron showed up at 2 a.m. in Palo Alto he thought he got the day wrong because the sidewalk was empty, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

20 comments Add your comment

Revenge of the nerds

November 2nd, 2012
2:32 pm

Ipad Mini Will Rule! First….: )

richard

November 2nd, 2012
2:33 pm

too expensive

onlyinamerica

November 2nd, 2012
2:38 pm

Will there be a situation just short of martial law being declared in New York/New Jersey but…we GOTTA have that iPad!!! Wow people – priorities please.

Bob

November 2nd, 2012
2:39 pm

Just got a Nexus 7 16GB $199 and with two downloads later I can use flash! And hence Amazon so I am not tied to Google store. iPad can’t, too locked down, same issue with all iPoducts. Engineered beautifully but unless you only want to use iTunes practically useless.

gsmith

November 2nd, 2012
2:43 pm

good to see all those people on federal assistance in line to buy a new apple product with tax payer money !!

Judy johnson

November 2nd, 2012
2:48 pm

Interesting that someone can tell who is on federal assistance just by looking at a photo.

Horsetoothedjackass

November 2nd, 2012
2:48 pm

I’ll stick with my BlackBerry PlayBook thank you very much. It uses Flash and next year gets a nice update to the BlackBerry 10 OS that will roll out with new phones. You can get a 64GB PlayBook at a number of retailers for under $250. While the number of apps for it are not huge, once BB10 rolls out, there will be a lot more apps since developers will be developing for all BB10 devices as opposed to the PlayBook and OS7 (and earlier OS) device.

gsmith

November 2nd, 2012
2:53 pm

just call it a gift i have….. i can go to downtown atlanta , clayton county and south dekalb and pic them out too , its really not that difficult

just sayin'

November 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

I’m with you, gsmith, I have a similar gift. I can pick out a-holes. Saw you coming from a mile away.

Obozo1

November 2nd, 2012
3:01 pm

I can’t believe how much money I have wasted with Apple over the years. There’s got to be a better way.

GT Fan

November 2nd, 2012
3:03 pm

LOL…blackberry. Can you say primitive?

TWright04

November 2nd, 2012
3:39 pm

Why waste your life on gsmith worried about that, don’t prejudge people you have no clue what those people do for a living. Its just crazy to say stuff like that.

Mitt

November 2nd, 2012
3:45 pm

gsmith make me proud son

gsmith

November 2nd, 2012
4:19 pm

ive got an idea on how the obama administration could save the federal government some money…instead of going through all the red tape of taxes and redistribution why not just make it public record of who has jobs and just have the mootchers line up at the homes of people with jobs every 2 weeks and have them collect whatever obama thinks is fair for them to take. also, make it known to everyone who has any extra luxeries, for example who has a beach house, lake home, boat , motorcycle, extra family car or any other thing the government considers a luxury and make them sell and give the money to the permantly unemployable group of americans better know as _____________

BobDog

November 2nd, 2012
4:42 pm

I have an iPad and an iPhone, which I both love. I don’t see much use for a Mini, though

SWAT Native

November 2nd, 2012
4:46 pm

When the iPhone came out, I asked why would anyone pay that much for that. I’m now on my second iPhone and it turned out to be more useful than I thought. When the iPad came out, I asked the same thing, and now I’m on my second one and it turned out to be more useful than I thought. This time I’m not resisting. I’m just waiting for the cellular models to come out later this month.

By the way, anyone who deducts mortgage interest is on federal assistance.

travis

November 2nd, 2012
4:46 pm

All i can say is: $249 Samsung Chromebook. Full Keyboard and 11.2 inch screen….Apple stopped being innovative after the success of the Iphone 3G. Everything since has seen modest improvements at best….

Chantiqua

November 2nd, 2012
6:47 pm

I would be embarrassed to have my picture taken standing in line for hours to buy Apple’s latest toy.

People look at you, standing there trying to look cool, their first thought is something like “what losers, don’t they have anything better to do”.

Horsetoothedjackass

November 2nd, 2012
7:54 pm

@ GT Fan BlackBerry is hardly primitive. The PlayBook as well as the upcoming BB10 OS is based off of the Neutrino realtime operating system developed by QNX (Which was bought by RIM a few years ago.). Guess what tablet was the first tablet certified for use by the US government for use by government agencies? It wasn’t the iPad or an Android tablet, it was the BlackBerry PlayBook because of the security of the OS. I’d rather have a BlackBerry than an iPhone, Android or any other smartphone. I like being a black sheep when it comes to my phone and my tablet.

JC Will3000

November 3rd, 2012
5:10 am

The Mini iPad isn’t the only new tablet released this week, the Novo 7 Flame 32GB also just came out which offers a pretty impressive 7 Inch Android tablet priced at $189 at a site called TabletSprint — with a 1280×800 High Resolution screen, 2nd Gen Dual Core CPU, 32GB Memory, MicroSD portable storage, an HDMI connection to your TV with full 1080p (HD) that’s great for movie downloads, a 5 megapixel Rear Camera with AF & Flash and a 2 MP webcam; Plus great connection – Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, and an option for 3G. The tablet is made by Ainol Electronics, which received “Best Tablet of the Year” runner-up status at CNET Consumer Electronics Show 2012 – Two other models are also being released and both are 10-inch tablets with high resolution screens; one offers most features as above, with a Dual Core CPU and a 1280×800 display for $220; and a similar model that features a powerful Quad Core with a stunning 1920×1200 Liquid Crystal display (like Apple’s Retina screen) for around $269. All offer a pretty nice specs-price ratio and one of the first online sites to offer this new line of tablets is TabletSprint – which also features a few tablets with 3G built-in as well.