At last! My iPad Mini has been shipped!
A few weeks ago I ordered an iPad Mini. We already have two iPads, but we also have two kids, so I hardly ever get to use them – this one will be just for me. I ordered it on launch day, but rather than getting up at 3am to do it, I waited until noon. Since I ordered the most popular model (WiFi, 16GB, white), initial supplies were gone, so there would be a fulfillment delay.
It was project to ship in two weeks, but some accessories that I ordered to go with it (a smart cover and an extra charging cable) shipped immediately and arrived within days. That told me that once it finally did ship, it shouldn’t be too long a wait to receive it.
On Monday evening, I checked my order status and discovered that the iPad had shifted from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment”. Hope began to rise…depending on how long “Preparing for Shipment” took, perhaps my iPad would arrive early!
The question was, how long would it take to move from “Preparing for Shipment” to “Shipped”? I tried googling around on this a bit, but I was never able to find any answer.
For the next several days, I found myself repeatedly (obsessively?) checking the status of my order, but it has stubbornly remained in “Preparing for Shipment”. Today (Friday), it finally made the leap to “Shipped”. Based on the projected shipping time, it will arrive one day ahead of the original estimate when I ordered.
So, the answer to the question of “how long does it take an Apple Store order to move from ‘Preparing for Shipment’ to ‘Shipped'” is “four days”. I’m writing this post so that other people trying to google search an answer might be able to use my experience as a data point.
A couple of details about my order that might potentially have affected how long it took to make the shift:
- I chose to have the iPad engraved, since it didn’t affect shipping time when I ordered. It’s possible that an item that isn’t engraved would move through faster.
- This is a Wi-Fi only device, so there is no SIM card that needs to be registered or installed.
- This is a brand new device that had already exhausted initial stock, so it is presumably coming hot off the assembly line.
UPDATED: The iPad took less than 72 hours to actually make it from China to my home in Cambridge, MA. This was actually four days ahead of the original estimate and three days ahead of the the projected timeline when it first entered FedEx’s systems.