When the iPad Mini with Retina display was announced last month Apple did not give us the exact release date when the tablet go for sale. What the company said was that the slate would be available some time next month. With November having 30 days, the estimate was pretty vague. As usual in such cases, come folks started reading deeper into the message suggesting technical difficulties that might have delayed the launch. Luckily for those who were waiting for the iPad Mini 2, there appears to be nothing wrong with it the tablet is already up for grabs from the Apple store.
Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display
The iPad Mini with Retina display is now available in Apple stores. The tablet is offered in two color options, Space Grey and Silver, each with Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus cellular connectivity. As usual, pricing depends on storage capacity. The cheapest model with 16 GB of internal memory costs $399. You can also choose the new iPad Mini with 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage for $499, $599 or $699, respectively.
The iPads with cellular connectivity are priced at $529, $629, $729 and $829, depending on storage. The Wi-Fi only models with 16 GB and 32 GB of storage will ship in 1-3 business days. If you order one of the remaining variants, you will have to wait between 5 and 10 business days.
The iPad Mini with Retina display, as the name suggests, features a 7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch IPS display with 2048 x 1536 resolution at 326 ppi. Inside the slate Apple put an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor, 5-megapixel iSight rear camera, 1.2-megapixe FaceTime HD front camera, dual microphones, and three-axis gyro.
The iPad Mini with Retina display runs iOS 7 with improved and redesigned features and services including Siri, AirDrop, AirPlay, AirPrint, iTunes Radio, iCloud, App Store and much more.
Apple’s Full Press Release.
iPad mini with Retina Display Available Starting Today
CUPERTINO, California—November 12, 2013—Apple® announced iPad® mini with Retina® display is available starting today. The new iPad mini brings all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in an amazingly thin and light design. It features the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features and access to all 475,000 apps designed specifically for iPad.
“The response to iPad Air has been incredible, and we’re excited for customers to experience the new iPad mini with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We think customers will love both of these thin, light, powerful new iPads, and we’re working hard to get as many as we can in the hands of our customers.”
Pricing & Availability
iPad mini with Retina display will be available starting today in silver or space gray. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 32GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 32GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. Additionally, the original iPad mini continues to be available at the more affordable price of $299 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $429 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model for either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon.
Custom-designed polyurethane Smart Covers for iPad mini with Retina display and iPad mini are available for $39 (US) in a range of vibrant colors, including blue, green, pink, yellow, black and (RED). Additionally, a beautiful aniline-dyed leather iPad mini Smart Case is available in six rich colors, including yellow, beige, blue, brown, black and (RED) for a suggested retail price of $69 (US) for both models of iPad mini. Smart Covers and Smart Cases are available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers.
iPad mini with Retina display is available to order through the Apple Online Store(www.apple.com) to ship or through Personal Pickup at Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers.