While you might be able to find the Apple iPad mini with Retina display at a physical Apple Store, ordering it online from Apple's virtual retail establishment will result in a wait of about 5 to 10 business days before your order is shipped. That isn't such a terrible hardship though, when you consider that at AT&T, the wait is three to four weeks. Verizon isn't shipping new orders until December 2nd and Sprint customers will have to wait two weeks for the device to ship if they order it today.
At T-Mobile, things are definitely tighter, mostly because the tablet includes 200MB of free data each month as per the carrier's new policy for customers sporting tablets. At the nation's fourth largest carrier, the iPad mini with Retina display is on back order for 6 to 8 weeks.
Hopefully, Sharp's yield will improve and Apple will be able to max out the assembly line to churn out the device, which is expected to see red hot demand through the holiday shopping season.
Apple's online store shows the Apple iPad mini with Retina display shipping 5 to 10 business days after an order is placed
source: Apple via AllThingsD