We know Apple is usually good at keeping to a tight delivery schedule with their shipping partners for new product launches. My iPhone 5 sat in a U.S. warehouse for nearly a week before it was dispatched for arrival on launch day even though I checked everyday hoping it would be delivered early.
As usual, someone got lucky and received there iPad Mini ahead of the launch. The French customer had pre-ordered from retailer Darty and received it today.
Here is the required unboxing pictures. The first thing you will notice is it is smaller and looks like an iPad. Other than that, it is just an iPad.