Apple has posted an ‘Estimated Delivery Date’ map for iPad mini and 4th gen iPad pre-orders, a similar move they did for iPhone 5 pre-orders (and the iPad 3). The map is specifically geared towards those with order acknowledgements of “Delivers 11/2 – 11/6”.
The iPad mini (and 4th gen iPad) launch is next Friday, November 2nd. Those residing in major urban areas are in Delivery Zone 1 and will receive their orders on the launch day. Delivery Zones 2/3 move later into the next week and Zone 4 is two weeks later:
If you’re in Delivery Zone 1, there’s a 95-99% chance you’ll receive your order on launch day (I’ve always had my pre-orders arrive on time; others too but some not so lucky).
White iPad mini pre-orders were noted earlier to show availability of ‘2 weeks’. Let’s hope that changes since white orders in the U.S. show launch day delivery dates.