Retina iPad Mini Now Available for Purchase From Apple's Online Store


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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

In something of a surprise move, Apple has begun accepting orders for the Retina iPad mini in the United States and several other countries as of midnight Pacific Time on November 12. Orders for the 16 and 32 GB Wi-Fi versions are currently shipping within 1 to 3 business days while orders for the 64 and 128 GB versions along with cellular models are shipping within 5 to 10 days.

The company did not give any early indication that it would launch the Retina iPad mini today, aside from a mention of the seemingly unlikely November 12 date on its GSX site for service providers just hours ago.

The quiet launch of the Retina iPad mini may be due to constrained supplies, as rumors have suggested that available quantities of the mini will be extremely low due to display production issues. Apple is unlikely to have enough supply of the tablet to meet demand.

Visually, Apple's Retina iPad mini is nearly unchanged from the original mini, though it is both slightly heavier and thicker. The tablet includes a Retina display with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, along with an A7 processor and the M7 coprocessor originally introduced in the iPhone 5s.

The entry-level 16 GB Retina iPad mini will retail for $399 in the United States, with an extra $100 for each increase in capacity and $130 for cellular connectivity.

Article Link: Retina iPad Mini Now Available for Purchase From Apple's Online Store

OS X Dude

macrumors 6502a
Jun 30, 2007
Just ordered one for my sister for Christmas, engraved as well - she'll love it :D

It does say 3-5 day dispatch, yet the confirmation email states delivery between the 26th November and 3rd December. I ordered it at 9:15am GMT, so maybe the email is wrong?


macrumors 68020
Jun 20, 2010
I ordered three at midnight as Christmas gifts. Was thinking we were never going to get them in time but it seems like we will be okay!


macrumors 68020
Aug 14, 2007
So all that stuff about Retina Mini's being in short supply was just Apple trying to fake us all out?


macrumors 68000
Mar 5, 2011
Holy crap forums are backup! That was loneliest ~18 hours of my life!

Ordered a 16GB Wi-Fi and 32GB Wi-Fi, both in white. 1-3 days shipped, estimated arrival of 11/20-11/22, but it's already moved from 'processing' to 'preparing for shipment', so hopefully I'll see 'em sooner :D

So all that stuff about Retina Mini's being in short supply was just Apple trying to fake us all out?
What? Of course it's in short supply. Only 16-32GB are shipping in 1-3 business days (not even immediate availability) and everything else is 5-10 business days. That implies constrained inventory to me, especially on a launch day.

EDIT: I got my order confirmation email at 3:05AM (EST) for those curious


macrumors 6502
Nov 9, 2012
Ordered mine last night, 32 GB silver WiFi, expected sometime from the 22-26. Here's hoping I get it sooner!


macrumors 6502a
Dec 16, 2010
Ordered a white 32GB Wi-Fi+Cellular (Verizon) the moment it went live. It shows shipping in 5-10 business days. Did anyone else get an earlier shipping time for the cellular version?


macrumors 68000
Jan 12, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
I ordered last night too (16GB wifi), just after midnight. I thought it would be sold out by now, but its still at 1-3 days shipping. My local store has it for pickup as well, so now I'm considering placing another order and then returning the one that will ship (since I can't cancel it now).


macrumors 6502a
Jan 16, 2010
ordered 64g ATT model and will switch my unlimited plan to it when it arrives.

My iPad 3 will be handed down.


macrumors 65816
May 8, 2010
West Midlands, England.
Just ordered mine, however, the UK wasn't listed in the first countries to be allowed to order :confused:


Just ordered one for my sister for Christmas, engraved as well - she'll love it :D
Im from the midlands also, where are you? I'm by the Merry Hell Centre..

With the engraving, won't that affect resale value somewhat?


macrumors 6502a
Apr 19, 2004
Oslo, Norway
Great! I did not see it coming this week.
Will certainly drop by one of the local Apple dealers to check it out in person, as I need to see it to make up my mind. iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina is the small (or smaller ;) ) question.


macrumors 65816
May 14, 2012
I went into the MK (UK) store to return something at lunch and it was dead quiet. They didn't have them out on display (lady who helped me thought it would be that afternoon).


macrumors 6502a
Jun 17, 2009
The CCTV Capital of the World
Thanks MR for the heads up.

Space grey 128GB WIFI & Cellular Mini - Ordered this morning.

I am pessimistic about the 5-10 day dispatch / delivery claim, given the alleged shortages etc, but we will see.…


macrumors 68030
Aug 1, 2004
How does having a quiet launch helped with constrained supplies? So there's less media involved? In the end they'll produce as much as they can produce.


macrumors 68020
Apr 12, 2010
So the retina iPad mini. Has all the hardware as the iPad Air. In a smaller lighter package, but costs less ??

Only advantage of the air is more room for swipes and gestures?

Jefe's MacAir

macrumors 6502a
Nov 21, 2010
I ordered a SG 32g Tmobile at 1:45 am MST.:D

Total fluke. I was up late and somehow stumbled upon a link to MacRumors or something similar saying they had went live. I jumped on what I thought would be the most desirable model. Should have ordered more than one.

Gonna go read the thread but anybody have the lowdown on the free data from tmobile? Figured I'd be on wifi most of the time as it seems to be just about everywhere w/ decent speeds for the most part. Thought I could get by w/ the limited data tmobile offered when needed and I'm hoping you can go monthly w/ tmobile and the iPad mini.
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