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First batch of iPad minis sold out at most stores

Published on Nov 2, 2012 2:29 PM

Apple's new 7.9-inch tablet, the iPad mini, was sold out as fast as 20 minutes in some stores here when it went on sale at 8am this morning. Nubox's store at Funan DigitaLife Mall said that the iPad mini was sold out at 8.20am. Challenger's store in the same mall said all its iPad mini were taken up by 8.35am.

Retailers declined to say how many units were sold. The Straits Times was at Funan in the morning and noticed that the Challenger store had about 60 people at the queue just before the store opened and about 40 at Nubox's outlet. However, each person was allowed to buy up to two units.

Challenger said all its iPad minis were sold out at all of its outlets by 9.30am while EpiCentre and Nubox saw their shelves emptied by 11am.

The first in the Challenger queue was Mr Vin Chong. The self-employed 47-year-old queued for 15 hours to get his hands on the iPad mini, which will only be available now in Wi-Fi version. The 4G version is slated for release later this month.

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