iPad mini and 4th-gen iPad with LTE now available from AT&T, Sprint and VerizonAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Apple has been fairly silent on when the new iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular would be going on sale, but this morning the three carriers that offer connectivity for the device came forward with availability information on their own. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have all announced that they are now offering both the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad with built-in cellular connectivity. Sprint is offering the new slates at "select stores" that will have limited quantities of the device.
Meanwhile, AT&T is currently offering both devices online and in stores and Verizon is taking orders from its website, though the shipping dates vary for some models from those two operators. For example, AT&T says the iPad mini will ship in 7-14 business days and the fourth-gen iPad will go out in 5-7 days, while Verizon is quoting a ship date of 11/19 for the 16GB and 64GB black iPad mini units and 11/21 for the white 64GB iPad mini.
When it comes to Apple itself, the Cupertino firm still hasn't said anything about sales of the new cellular-enabled iPads at its retail stores. Interested customers can purchase either the iPad mini or fourth-gen iPad with cellular connectivity from Apple's site, but the former isn't expected to ship for another two weeks, while the latter is likely to be sent out in 7 business days. While it's kind of strange to see Apple's carrier partners go ahead with sales while Apple hasn't said a peep, I'm sure that customers that've been waiting to get their mitts on a Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini or iPad are just happy to see the things finally going on sale. So, who's buying?