iPad Mini with LTE arrives on November 23, reports say

Some Apple customers report that with standard shipping, they won't get their LTE-ready iPad until Thanksgiving weekend.

A look at the iPad Mini's availability.
A look at the iPad Mini's availability. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Apple's iPad Mini with LTE is arriving a bit later than expected.

Customers who started preordering the device as soon as they could today are reporting on Twitter that Apple is promising a November 23 arrival date on standard shipping. According to 9to5 Mac, which was first to report on the news, expedited shipping will get the iPad Mini with LTE to customers on November 21.

Apple announced the 7.9-inch slate earlier this week . At that time, the company said that the LTE version would ship "a couple of weeks" after the Wi-Fi-only model's November 2 launch date. Customers had hoped that this meant the device would be available around the middle of November.

Apple is only sharing availability dates with customers after they order an iPad Mini through its Web site. Prior to purchase, Apple's site only says that the LTE model, which will run on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T networks, will ship in "mid-November."

In addition to some odd LTE shipping dates, Apple's store shows that the Wi-Fi-only White iPad Mini's initial supply has sold out , leaving customers who order now to wait two weeks to get their hands on the device.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the iPad Mini's availability. We will update this story when we have more information.

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