Apple has effectively confirmed the release date for its long-awaited cellular iPad Mini range, having revealed that the 3G and 4G variants of the mini-tab will start shipping in five days. Apple has so far been offering Wi-Fi only variants of the iPad Mini, which are now largely back in stock with most suppliers after initial inventory was wiped out.
The news comes just three days after Apple reported the accumulation of over 3 million sales between the new iPad Mini and the iPad 4, which has so far only incorporated Wi-Fi models. Industry experts had expected the cellular iPad Mini release date to come sometime over the next few weeks, though confirmation from Apple suggests its arrival is only a few days away.
Initial reception for both the iPad Mini and the iPad 4 was lukewarm to say the least, with both consumers and critics alike hailing its prestige, though largely condemning its price-tag. The expected iPad Mini Vs Google Nexus 7 Vs Amazon Kindle Fire battle immediately turned out not to be quite as one-sided as expected, if for no other reason than the $130 difference in price-tags.
Debate still rages as to whether or not the iPad Mini represents value for money, which is likely to gain further momentum when the imminent cellular iPad Mini release dates roll around – all of which carry considerably higher price-tags still.
Google is rumored to be lining up cellular versions of the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets for some time in the near future, though has refused to pass comment at present. As such, the cellular iPad Mini will go largely unchallenged for those seeking high-end mini-tabs with 4G or 3G connectivity, though some have dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 perhaps the biggest threat of all to Apple’s mini-tab.