November 12, 2013
Apple is set to launch the highly anticipated iPad mini with Retina display tomorrow, Nov. 12, according to a new report by MacRumors. The release date is said to have been announced by Apple through a posting on the company's Global Service Exchange site for authorized providers. As stated in the posting, the second-generation iPad mini is scheduled to go on sale on Nov. 12 (local time) in the U.S., Australia, China (Wi-Fi only), Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. But in most of these countries, it's already Nov. 12 and yet the device in question remains unavailable. In fact, on Apple's online stores in these countries, the iPad mini with Retina display, which is widely expected to be in short supply at launch, is still indicated as "Coming later in November." Could it be that, instead of a Nov. 12 release date, Apple meant to post a Retina iPad mini launch date set to Nov. 22? As my colleague Bryan has noted, Nov. 22 is an opportune date for Apple to make good on its "Coming later in November" promise:
It is unlikely that Apple will launch the new iPad mini this week, and Nov. 29 won’t work because it is Black Friday. Therefore, Nov. 22 is the only date left on the calendar for Apple to pull the trigger and still guarantee a launch this month.In any case, we'll keep you updated on the device's actual release. The second-generation iPad mini is nearly identical in external design to the first-generation iPad Mini. But as its marketing moniker declares, it now features a high-resolution Retina display. Internally, it's nearly identical to the iPad Air as it carries Apple's 64-bit A7 main processor and M7 motion coprocessor. Available in space grey or silver, the iPad mini with Retina display starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and at $529 for the 16GB Wi-FI + Cellular model.