Tuesday, November 12, 2013

iPad mini with retina display is now available starting at $399

Three weeks after its announcement, the iPad mini with Retina display is now available for purchase in the online Apple Store. The release follows that of the larger iPad Air earlier in the month; both tablets feature the same 2048 x 1536 resolution and A7 processor, so the choice between the two more or less comes down to which size you prefer. Pricing starts at $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model and tops out at $829 for a 128GB unit equipped with LTE connectivity.

If you're looking to pick up a new iPad mini, time may be of the essence. Reports of severe supply constraints circulated before the tablet was even announced, and Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged on an earnings call that "it's not clear that everyone who wants one will be able to find one" this holiday season. The 16GB and 32GB models are currently listed as shipping within one to three business days, whereas every other variant will take between five to ten. It's been speculated that the stock constraints may be down to limited supply of the device's new high-resolution Retina display.

Until Apple formally announces the release, it's not possible to give a precise list of launch countries. That said, it's available through the Apple Store in most of Europe, Australasia, and parts of Asia in a launch that appears to be on a similar scale that of the iPad Air. Launch territories include the US, Canada, and Mexico; the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France; and Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, and Japan.

Source: Apple.com;

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