Internal Apple Tool Says Retina iPad mini Launches Nov. 12–Canada Omitted
Apple’s GSX site for service providers has posted a note that states the Retina iPad mini is launching on November 12—tomorrow (via MacRumors).
The countries listed as part of the launch include: Australia, China (Wi-Fi only), Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. Canada is not part of the list, despite being part of the first wave of iPad launches in the past.
9to5Mac confirms the memo is real but emphasizes November 12 is already live in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore, but no signs of the Retina iPad mini are online yet as regional sites still say “coming later in November” on product pages.
It is also odd how European countries such as the UK, France and Germany would be omitted from a major launch too, along with Canada. Typically, Apple product launches are on Fridays, but with tomorrow being a Tuesday, that is also strange.
Apple announced the Retina iPad mini would launch later in “November”, which many suspected would be in the latter part of the month. Recent rumours of supply constraints have hit the Retina iPad mini related to low yield rates on displays.
Back in October, rumours pointed to a November 21 Retina iPad mini launch date based on a leak on Target USA’s website.