On Wednesday, however, reports arose indicating that Apple has removed the those dates from order status information, with customers checking their orders now seeing mid-November instead of their prior dates.
It's not clear, though, that the removal is bad news. After all, mid-November comes before Nov. 23 ... or even Nov. 21. On the other hand, uncertainly is less popular the certainty, and a date gives a solid feeling, especially since Apple generally delivers on time.
At the same time, it seems that wi-fi iPad mini orders are coming in early. A report indicates at some French customers are received their iPad mini orders on Wednesday, a full two days early.
That could, in fact, be a good sign for those looking toward mid-November.