Tonight, Apple is holding a live event to launch the oft-rumoured iPad mini (or iPad Air, or iPad diddly, or whatever). But the latest clues suggest it won’t get a UK launch this side of Christmas. Worried? You should be.
Apple’s event invite, which flooded inboxes late last week, is a ticket to a live event in the US, which Tim Cook will no doubt host. The usual list of Apple event stalwarts will all be ticked off: bigging up the sales figures, the iPad mini reveal, a video showing how amazing it is, Ive, launch date and price. But will all that be US only?
Normally, when Apple launches a product, the US keynote is beamed to a screen at a London location. UK journalists watch, blog and then have access to hands-ons with the new product(s). This time, there is no London stream.
And that’s got us wondering: will Apple pull an Amazon and keep the iPad mini US-only for now? One possible reason why this could be the case is sheer demand – the iPad mini is expected to sell like it’s the last hot cake ever made during the run up to Christmas, and Apple may have trouble producing enough to meet the needs of an international launch.
Naturally, this is speculation at this stage. We’ll know for sure once the event kicks off tonight, but it’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. Could Apple really keep the iPad mini an ocean away from us in the UK?
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