Apple’s much awaited iPad mini with Retina display has finally gone live on the Apple online store, with prices starting from $399 for the 16GB WiFi only version, and $529 for the 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE model. The Retina iPad mini is available in two colors, the new Space Gray color and silver.
Despite the fact that Apple commercially released the iPad Mini 2 sooner than some of us might have expected, the supply constraints are still present, as the U.S. store is already showing a one to two day shipping estimate for 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models, while 64GB, 128GB and all Wi-Fi + Cellular versions ship in five to ten days. These shipping estimates are probably going to increase as more orders will be placed.
It’s also curious to observe that Apple has decided to launch the Retina display iPad Mini basically in the middle of the week, and not on Friday, as it usually does. Also, another reason that indicates supply levels are not on par with the expected influx of early buyers is the fact that Apple has quietly kicked off online sales, instead of announcing the launch publicly.
Besides Apple’s US online store, the iPad Mini with Retina display is available for online buying in countries like the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and others.