By Keerthi Chandrashekar ( | First Posted: Nov 09, 2012 01:48 PM EST

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The iPad Mini hasn't quite impressed reviewers, but consumers seem to be eating the device up. An LTE version of the iPad Mini is on the way, and it seems like it might start shipping within five business days. 

Originally, the iPad Mini LTE was expected to ship around November 21, but Apple might be pushing that date far ahead. According to various reports from around the web, including Ubergizmo, it seems that Apple has sent out emails to those who ordered the iPad Mini LTE saying that the device could be shipping within five business days. 

Apple's Wi-Fi only iPad Mini released earlier, and is apparently 'out of stock' in most stores. Apple claims that in the first three days since the iPad Mini's launch, it sold three million tablets. That includes other iPad models, but the idea is that the iPad Mini was the driving force behind the sales. 

A 16GB iPad Mini starts at $459. For a 32GB version you'll have to shell out $559, and a 64GB iPad Mini will cost $659. Data plans are available from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint via the Apple store.

The iPad Mini has been scrutinized for its less-than-stellar specs. Sure, the entire iPad experience has been kept fairly intact, but there are incredibly cheap tablets (Google Nexus 7) that can give a great tablet experience at almost half the cost. But don't forget that the iPad Mini does have the most robust app selection out there, and for many, that can be worth the extra cash. 

The iPad Mini, including the LTE variant, ships with a 7.85-inch LED Multi-Touch display with a resolution of 1024X768. The tablet also has the older A5 processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.2 front-facing camera.  

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