Consumers appears to have shown an early demand for Apple's new 7.9in iPad Mini after the firm was forced to push back the availability of certain versions of Wi-Fi only models by around two weeks.
On the firm's UK store, those placing orders for the 16GB Wi-Fi only tablet in black, priced at £269, will now have to wait around two weeks for their order to be dispatched, while white versions at 16GB, 32GB and 64GB are also subject to a two-week delay.
However, the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi only versions in black are still currently expected to be available from 2 November.
The Wi-Fi and mobile data versions that offer 3G access are still set for a late November shipping date, as was originally planned.
The push back on availability may well be due to high demand for the smaller form factor iPad, although of course it's unknown how many tablets Apple had available to begin with. It could also be a ruse to encourage others to order in time ahead of Christmas.
The launch of the device on Tuesday was widely expected, as Apple looks to compete directly with Google and Amazon in the 7in tablet market, which has become a second popular form factor for tablets as consumers use the devices for media consumption.
It comes as Microsoft launches its Windows 8 operating system to market as the firm hopes to fight back in the tablet space with a slew of devices from its manufacturing partners and its own Surface device.
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