Shipments for all iPad Minis with Wi-Fi pushed back 2 weeks

Shipments for the white iPad Mini were pushed back two weeks on Friday, but it took through the weekend for the black model to meet the same fate.

Apple's iPad Mini shipments.
Apple's iPad Mini shipments. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Consumers ordering an iPad Mini will need to wait a couple more weeks to get their hands on the device.

Apple's store currently lists all iPad Minis with Wi-Fi as shipping in two weeks. Preorders on the tablet kicked off Friday and promised a November 2 shipment. But very quickly, the white iPad Mini showed a two-week delay for new orders . The black models were still available at the time. But now all models are listed as shipping in two weeks.

Apple's iPad Mini comes with a 7.9-inch screen. The Wi-Fi only model, which starts at $329, will launch Friday. Apple plans to ship an iPad Mini with LTE service toward the end of November. It had been rumored that the iPad Mini with LTE would be available two weeks after the Wi-Fi-only model, but reports last week suggested that the launch date might be pushed back.

Meanwhile, the iPad Mini is apparently a costly product to manufacture . At his company's earnings call last week, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said the "iPad Mini's gross margin is significantly below the corporate average." He went on to tell shareholders and analysts that his company is "going to work to get down the cost curves and be more efficient in manufacturing."

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