So you’ve seen it (or at least read about it) and now you want it. So where exactly can you get hold of the iPad mini?
While some retailers and operators have been forthcoming in the fact that they will be stocking the iPad mini, with others it’s more a case of watch this space. We’ll be sure to update accordingly.
Of course it’s a given, but Apple will be selling the iPad mini both in its retail stores and through its Apple Online Store, www.apple.com/uk. Prices start from £269, rising to £559, depending how much memory you want and whether you opt for Wi-Fi and cellular, or a Wi-Fi-only model.
John Lewis will also be selling the iPad mini both in store and online. Though there's no official word on pricing or availability John Lewis says all its variants will come with a two-year guarantee at no extra charge.
Carphone Warehouse was quick to announce that it too would be stocking the iPad mini. Though it's yet to announce official pricing, Carphone Warehouse’s “Network Price Promise”, that matches the price of any network, should ensure you won’t be paying over the odds.
The first of the UK operators to announce it would be stocking the iPad mini was Three. However, it may not be here by the 2 November launch date, with pricing still to be finalised.
There’s no official word from O2, but Pocket-lint’s sources suggest that O2 is unlikely to stock the iPad mini. The operator doesn’t stock the new (third edition) of the iPad, so this is no huge surprise. However, customers will still be able to get their data tariffs from O2.
Current iPad deals double your data every third time you top up and give free access to The Telegraph for 10 months when you sign up to 1GB and 2GB data plans. Expect similar sweeteners for the iPad mini.
EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) has remained surprisingly quiet, particularly as it would be the only UK operator in a position to provide 4G network speeds when the iPad mini initially arrives. However, the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the EE logo appeared on the big screen when the iPad mini was revealed, so expect pricing and availability to be announced soon.
UPDATE 25 October: Both the iPad mini and the iPad 4 will work on EE's 4G network the operator has announced, though price plans are yet to be announced.
However, both T-Mobile and Orange - the two companies that make up EE - will also sell non-4G versions of both devices.
Pocket-lint has asked Vodafone for confirmation, but is still waiting to hear back. We’ll be sure to update as soon as we have anything.
UPDATE 25 October: Vodafone has confirmed to Pocket-lint that they will be stocking both the iPad mini and the iPad 4. Pricing and on sale dates will be confirmed at a later date.