iPad mini officially went on sale at 8 a.m. this morning and reports are already starting to flow in that many Apple Stores have sold out of initial stock. Topeka Capital’s Brian White released a note to clients this morning (via BusinessInsider) that noted all models of iPad mini sold out in just over two hours at Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue New York City store. Before today’s launch, shipment dates for Apple’s online pre-orders of the device had been pushed back, while shipment dates for pre-ordered LTE models of the device were recently removed.
Now reports indicate stores in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, and many other states from Alabama to Hawaii have sold out of initial supplies.
@markgurman better do it now. We are all out of whites. We only got like a 100 minis and 900 retinas.—
madfruitstandemploye (@madfruitstand) November 02, 2012
It’s unclear just how much stock Apple had delivered to its various stores and resellers, but we noted earlier today that lines were much smaller than usual at many locations. The lines were most likely due to the fact today’s launch included just the Wi-Fi-only model, but it looks like Apple is still not able to meet demand in many locations. Some stores were rumored to get about 100 units, as noted in the tweet above, while we heard bigger stores received as many as 300.
It’s also not yet clear if supply of the new iPad mini will be held back by similar manufacturing troubles and supply constraints of which Apple is now experiencing with iPhone 5 and the new iMacs leading into the holidays.
Judging by the collection of tweets that we put together below, Apple is quickly selling out of initial iPad mini stock in many locations around the globe. Most stores are not expecting additional shipments today:
Grand central apple store is sold out of iPad mini!—
Taki Shirayanagi (@takishirayanagi) November 02, 2012
Andrew Glen (@glen_andrew) November 02, 2012
iPad mini sold out in most stores after launch in Singapore news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/…—
LATAM XINHUA (@LATAMXINHUA) November 02, 2012
RT @swotam: FYI, Toronto Eaton Centre store sold out of iPad Mini for today. And, is closing for renovations on Sunday for 2 weeks.—
iPhone in Canada (@iPhoneinCanada) November 02, 2012
I Know It's Supposed to Be a Dud, But...Dept: iPad Mini sold out in 4 hours at local Naples FL Apple store.—
Jeffrey Matthews (@JeffreyMatthews) November 02, 2012
Also don't go to covent garden for the ipad mini, because its sold out there too—
Matthew Connell (@matthewconnell) November 02, 2012
Aberdeen Apple store almost sold out of iPad Mini's. only a few 64gb models left—
Chris McLeod (@__chrismc) November 02, 2012
Went to buy the iPad Mini and they were sold out. Apparently they sold out of the White 16GB in 30 minutes. Crazy.—
trent kocurek (@__t2) November 02, 2012
Waiting in line for the new ipad mini and new ipad. More customers in line than workers. Sold out:mini 32gb in white. 4sq.com/SBRVhx—
Benton Pang, Ph.D. (@malamaikaaina) November 02, 2012
Tryin to get an iPad mini today, sold out at best buy and no where else has em yet.—
Camron Carra (@HelloitsCAM) November 02, 2012
Despite small lines for iPad Mini it's still sold out all over London. So Apple either haven't shipped many, or are very good at PR tricks.—
Mattias Karén (@mattekaren) November 02, 2012
scott budman (@scottbudman) November 02, 2012
Waiting for UPS to bring my iPad mini. Glad I ordered before the crack of dawn because they seem to be sold out all over Atlanta.—
Allisan Mintz (@allisanmintz) November 02, 2012