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Want an Apple iPad mini with Retina display? The Apple Store is your best bet

Want an Apple iPad mini with Retina display? The Apple Store is your best bet
Thanks to reported problems with LCD burn-in at Sharp, where many of the panels for the new Apple iPad mini with Retina display are produced, the tablet did not launch until November 12th. Apple, relying on its other sources for the glass, is still facing shortages of the device. If you're looking to make a walk-in purchase of the slate, your best bet is to check your nearby brick and mortar Apple Store. Keep in mind that the Apple Stores seem to have more supply of the Wi-Fi  + Cellular model.

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

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

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posted on 25 Nov 2013, 09:36

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7674; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Just went on Craigslist. There's 10 available for about $425.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 10:16

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 10354; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I found 5 myself. They're out there lol.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 19:52

7. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Just count, how many Apple realated articles per day are in all the tech media sites. That's the real point here.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 09:44 2

2. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Bigger ipod touch vs the Nexus 7, i'm less likely to buy a tablet anytime soon but i'd choose the more economical (while packing in some powerful gear) Nexus 7 any day of the year.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 10:00 4

3. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 147; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Theres only two reasons anyone would ever do that and they are 1. You're an android / nexus fanboy (which, as your name suggests, is you all over) or 2. You're on a budget...

Lets not kid ourselves here - when it comes to tablets the iPad has the market sewn up; and the iPad mini is a gorgeous device with an awesome ecosystem...Don't be blinded, Google don't give a cr@p about you kid..

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 10:12 2

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 10354; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


About time someone spoke some reality to him. Google cares as much about him as apple does about me...zero. We are consumers to them that's it, and that's all. Fanboyism sucks

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 19:59

8. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Agree that both care only for themselves and the big-shareholders.
But they have two different approaches. And that makes difference for the consummers, too.
Yup
Fanboyism sucks

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 00:33

10. Taters (Posts: 2651; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Nexus 7 screen is way better. That is a pretty good reason I say, especially if you are buying a smaller tablet as an ereading device.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 10:26 2

6. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Loooooool 1, i'm not a google fan 'as my name suggests' , i'm a nokia fan. 2, are you kidding me android tablets are outselling the ipads like 1:20 or something. 3, i'm not on budget (but if i were i'd get so much more for so much less with the nexus unlike so much less for so much more with i products), the reason that i don't like tablets is because i have a laptop and b.c i'm an architecture student and i use a lot of CAD softwares on it. which is also great for typing and gaming.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 20:43

9. Ninetysix (Posts: 1461; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Android tablets are not outselling iPads by that much. Show some proof.

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