If you've been thinking of getting an iPad mini, it would seem that now's the time. Apple has updated its iPad mini listings on the US online store to reflect new shipping times: 1-3 days business days. Previously, Apple said it wouldn't be shipping out iPad minis until 3-5 business days after orders were placed, so this is something of an improvement.
Of course, there isn't that much of a difference between 1-3 business days and 3-5 business days, but the important takeaway here is that it seems the stock issues Apple has been facing are getting better. Apple has been struggling to meet the demand for the iPad mini, but Tim Cook seemed hopeful that these stock issues could be resolved quickly when the company delivered its financial results for Q1 2013.
With those quarterly earnings, Apple reported record iPhone and iPad sales, but there were some things about the report investors didn't like. It wasn't long after the quarterly earnings report landed that Apple's stock was taking a tumble, and though its price has been fluctuating since then, it hasn't come close to making up the ground it lost. Perhaps Apple's stock will get a boost if these improved shipping times do indeed mean an end to the supply constraints?
In any case, the iPad mini seems to be selling well, even though we don't have hard numbers. We imagine it was responsible for quite a few iPad sales in Apple's record-setting quarter, and Apple said that it moved 3 million units in its first weekend. Are you going to pick one up now that shipping times have improved?