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iPad mini sells out during pre-orders

If you're looking to get your hands on an iPad mini and you haven't already pre-ordered, then you better get ready to stand in line.

Just hours after the iPad mini became available for pre-order early Friday morning at Apple's online store, the white and silver models sold out. Shipping times for the white model in all storage capacities have been pushed back from the expected launch day, 2 November. Initial supplies of the black and slate flavour also appear to have been exhausted.

New pre-orders placed through the online Apple Store are scheduled to ship in two weeks, so those who really want a white iPad mini on launch day can, of course, go to a physical Apple store and brave the queue. Cellular-capable models in both colour options are lined up to ship in late-November.

Apple last week unveiled the much-rumoured iPad mini, which has a 7.9in screen with a 1,024 x 768 pixel display. The iPad mini measures in at 7.5mm thin and weighs just 308 grams, 23 per cent thinner and 53 per cent lighter than its 9.7in counterpart.

"It's as thin as a pencil," Apple's Phil Schiller said.

The device is available with on-board storage capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB and comes in two colour options: black and slate, or white and silver. Pricing starts at £269 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only version and runs all the way up to £529 for a 64GB Wi-Fi and cellular model.

The iPad mini runs a dual-core A5 processor from Apple. It supports FaceTime HD and features and 5-megapixel iSight camera. There's LTE connectivity, as well as 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Apple promised 10 hours of battery life. It includes the new Lightning connector found on the iPhone 5.