Apple prepares to launch the iPad mini in India

Apple is all set the iPad mini in India in coming weeks. Multiple sources have confirmed to BGR India that distributors are expecting iPad mini stocks to be available any day now and will be ready to be shipped to retailers by the end of next week. However, Apple is yet to freeze the launch date and could possibly push the launch by another week or so to ensure retail preparedness.

The iPad mini would be the second high-profile Apple product launch in India in quick succession, barely a month after the iPhone 5 launch. Apple struggled to fulfill demand for the iPhone 5 in India and initially had mostly 16GB variant of the device, that too in limited numbers. Apple has just replenished iPhone 5 stocks in the country to some extent but widespread availability is expected not before the second week of December.

We are also told that the fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display will also make its way into the market and will replace the third-generation iPad. Apple had stopped supplying the third-generation iPad to its distributors to avoid inventory pile-up. Apple is not expected to make much noise about the fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display. The fourth generation iPad is expected to be priced the same as the third-generation iPad. We do not have any confirmation of the pricing of the iPad mini.

The iPad mini is the first iPad with a smaller 7.9-inch display. It features the same display resolution and processor as the iPad 2 but has a high resolution FaceTime camera on the front and a 5-megapixed iSight camera on the rear. It comes with a Lightning connector and the cellular version uses a nano-SIM just like the iPhone 5. We do not have clarity at the moment whether the cellular version of the iPad mini will be launched in India simultaneously with the Wi-Fi only version. The cellular version of the iPad mini has just started shipping in the US.

You can read our iPad mini review here.



  • haish

    THATS Y I LOVE BGR.
    t(-)@nks RajAt

  • Sonam

    Have not been able to get hold of iPhone 5 as yet. Hope iPad mini is an exception with widespread availability.
    Also, can you cover where one can find iPhone easily without having to wait for 2-3 weeks.

  • isanto

    Great!!! pl. post link for pre booking

  • Karan

    Wel the guys at Apple India are doing black marketing by selling iPhones to the grey market dealers to earn extra premium.
    Iphone not yet available in Hyderabad since the launch date! Shame on Apple India!

    • Raghav

      I live in Hyderabad.Bought a 32GB white iPhone 5 from Reliance Digital on Nov 9th.The problem is each retail outlet is getting very few phones.iStore is out of stock and Aptronix was having very few phones when I bought the phone.I kept calling every single store to find out about stock availability.I rushed to Reliance Digital as soon as they informed me that two iPhones were available.I don’t think think they have enough phones to sell in the grey market ;)

    • Raghav

      I live in Hyderabad.Bought a 32GB white iPhone 5 from Reliance Digital on Nov 9th.The problem is each retail outlet is getting very few phones.iStore is out of stock and Aptronix was having very few phones when I bought the phone.I kept calling every single store to find out about stock availability.I rushed to Reliance Digital as soon as they informed me that two iPhones were available.I don’t think think they have enough phones to sell in the grey market.

      • Karan

        You dont know bro! Thats whats going on… I know some guys who confirmed me that they got phones from dealers which were sent to istore… They are fooling customers from 2nd and still giving days for stock availability..knowing that they have it available… Secondly these guys are still hiding the white iphone and 32gb variant in Hyderabad for grey market sales and premium.. Iphone 5 black/white 16,32,64 is available now in all istores around India now..

        • Rockstar

          Bro i had same experience in ahmedabad so i got my black 32gb from bombay…!!!!!

  • Mayur

    Hey ROCKSTAR…i want to thank u …as bcoz of u i got my i-5 at a pretty cheap price from infibeam only…it costed me 40450….no premium…though got a little late from d website…but thanx on telling d deal in one of ur comments….

  • Mayur

    Hey ROCKSTAR…i want to thank u …as bcoz of u i got my i-5 at a pretty cheap price from infibeam only…it costed me 40450….no premium…thanx on telling d deal in one of ur comments….

  • Mayur

    Hey ROCKSTAR…i want to thank u …as bcoz of u i got my iphone pretty cheap price from infibeam only…it costed me 40450….no premium…thanx on telling d deal in one of ur comments….

    • Rockstar

      Bro its my pleasure that u got it on discounted price i also ordered one from there but coudnt wait that much so i also bought from bombay…!!!
      And now i have 2 of them…!!!

  • Piyush

    Hi,

    Any idea on the exact launch date in india ?