updated 12:21 pm EST, Thu November 15, 2012
Most orders expected on Friday
Couriers are already starting to deliver the LTE version of the iPad mini, reports say. Online orders have typically been set to arrive on Friday, but some have indeed shown up today, as expected. It's believed that first- and third-party retailers will start selling the Mini tomorrow.
Apple shipped the Wi-Fi-only Mini on November 2nd, but was mostly vague with plans for LTE hardware, initially quoting a mid-November timeframe. At one point the company started assigning a November 21st date to early orders, but this then improved to the current window. New orders from the Apple online store are only set to ship in two weeks.