iPad Mini with Retina Display Goes on Sale Starting at $399

Apple Inc said its iPad Mini with retina display will be available beginning Tuesday starting at $399 in the United States.

The iPad Mini includes a higher resolution screen and the A7 chip used in iPad Air and the new iPhone 5S. Photo: Phúc Vương Hoàng/ Flickr

The new iPad mini with Retina Display is now available in the United States, Canada and other countries. The pricing begins at $399 for the 16GB WiFi model and $529 for the 16GB LTE model. The top of the range is the 128GB with cellular connectivity for $829.

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.   The new 7.9-inch display should show photos and videos in razor sharp detail as it features more than 3.1 million pixels; one million more than an HDTV.

While the iPad Air went on sale in early November and drew the customary lines of fans at stores, the company had been vague about when the iPad mini would go on sale. Until recently, the company had said “sometime in November”, and speculation put the sale date closer to the end of the month and the holiday shopping season.

Reports of severe supply problems mean that it may not be long before the new iPad Mini is sold out. Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has even admitted that “it’s not clear that everyone who wants one will be able to find one” this Christmas. So if you must have one, you should probably hop to it.

There has been speculation that the problems may be due to limited supply of the device’s new high-resolution Retina display.

But since the introduction of the iPad mini last year, the smaller device has become the more popular choice between the two sizes for consumers. And as such, fans and investors have projected that interest in the second iPad mini, with the sharper Retina display, will be huge, says SMH.

“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.”

Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet research at IHS electronics and media, has previously suggested Apple’s supply is one third the size of its shipments from this time last year.

“The supply of the Retina Mini is going to be ridiculously tight in the fourth quarter”, he said. “Apple’s 2013 iPad shipment growth is shaping up to be comparatively modest and the shift in launch cycles has played a major role in the slowdown.”

In a press release, Apple announced that the new iPad mini is currently available to order for delivery, to reserve for in-store pickup at an Apple Store, or to purchase from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Apple Authorized Resellers.

As of press time, shipping times were 1-3 business days for the 16GB and 32GB WiFi models and 5-10 business days for the cellular models. Some are seeing delivery times anywhere from November 19th through December 5th.

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