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Thursday, November 15, 2012, 08:20 am PT (11:20 am ET)

LTE-capable iPad mini deliveries begin arriving

iPad mini units with 4G LTE connectivity began arriving to customers from Apple's online store on Thursday, a day earlier than expected.

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AppleInsider reader Alex Sian was one of a number of customers who received their LTE-capable iPad mini on Thursday, a day before many orders are scheduled to arrive. His device, compatible with the Verizon network, was ordered from Apple's online store.

Apple first began shipping LTE-capable iPad models on Tuesday, with scheduled delivery dates of Friday. But some customers have begun receiving their shipments early.

Customers began receiving word last week that iPad mini with LTE orders would ship within five business days. iPad mini models with mobile data were originally advertised by Apple to begin shipping in "a few weeks," but a specific launch date was not given.

The Wi-Fi-only iPad mini was the first model to debut earlier this month, alongside the new fourth-generation iPad. Total sales of the new devices reached 3 million units in their first three days.

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