Even despite the lingering presence of Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of people waited in line to pick up the iPad mini at Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store; the white models reportedly sold out in mere minutes. It’s unclear how reception has been outside of New York City, but it’s clear people are excited about Apple’s newest member of the iPad family. Apple, going up against competitors Google and Amazon, is expected to sell over a million iPad mini units during launch weekend, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

It’ll be interesting to see what the upshot is once Apple announces sales, which the company typically does the Monday following weekend sales. TechnoBuffalo’s Todd Haselton walked into a Best Buy and picked up an iPad mini without waiting, so getting one might not be as difficult as finding one at a flagship store.

[via Bloomberg]