Pre-orders for the new iPad Mini and iPad 4 are set to begin on October 26 – and if Apple handles pre-orders the way they have in the recent past for their big mobile device launches then that should mean pre-orders will start at midnight Pacific time tonight.
On recent launches of the iPad and iPhone two things that stood out on launch night are that Apple’s servers get slammed and many users find it difficult to get their orders in, and pre-order stock gets sold out fairly quickly. So if you’re planning to pre-order one of the new iPads tonight, you may need to start right at midnight Pacific and be ready to keep trying if it’s difficult to get pages to load and orders to complete. It may also be helpful to try the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPad – that can sometimes be a faster way to get an order in.
Prices for the iPad Mini start at $329 for the 16GB WiFi only model. The iPad 4 starts at $499 for the WiFi only model. You can compare iPad specs, see prices for all the models, and get ready to pre-order at Apple’s Shop iPad page.
I won’t be pre-ordering – as usual, I’ll be out in front of a local Apple store waiting in line at Crazy O’Clock on release day.
Are any of you pre-ordering either the iPad Mini or the iPad 4 tonight? If so, good luck.