November 21, 2013
Have you purchased your iPad mini with Retina display? If not, you better do it soon. CNET is reporting that Wi-Fi + Cellular models are in short supply, less than two weeks after the second generation device made its worldwide debut. This suggests that Wi-Fi only supplies could soon dry up. Currently, three of the four major carriers in the U.S. are still waiting on the iPad mini with Retina display. This includes Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. At Verizon, the new tablet is backordered until at least Dec. 2. AT&T is saying 21-28 days for orders to ship. T-Mobile, which just started selling iPads this year, says they won’t receive the iPad mini for six to eight weeks. Sprint, which also will carry the iPad mini with Retina display, was not mentioned in CNET’s report. Apple’s website still shows that Wi-Fi + Cellular models ship in “5 to 10 business days,” regardless of carrier. The 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi only model is available in “1-3 business days,” while the 64GB and 128GB models have slipped to “5-10 business days.” All of this suggests that there is a limited supply of iPad mini units, which could prove especially troublesome as we enter the holiday buying season. The iPad mini with Retina display officially launched on Tuesday, Nov. 12. It features a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution display that boasts 326 pixels per inch. For those looking to buy a new iPad mini, you can take a look at Seaturtle.org's unofficial iPad mini availability notifier, which offers a snapshot of Apple retail stores that have the unit in stock for pick-up. See also: Shipping Estimates For Apple's iPhone 5s Improve To 3-5 Business Days, Apple’s New iPad mini Shows Poorer Color Accuracy When Compared To Other Tablets, and This Is A First: Android-Based Tablets Best Apple's iPad In Revenue During Third Quarter.