AT&T and Verizon stock up on Apple iPad mini with Retina display
Major U.S.carriers also have seen their online lead times for the Apple iPad mini with Retina display drop sharply. Last week, AT&T listed the tablet as being on back order for at least 3 weeks. At Verizon, it was touting a 10 day wait until the slate could be shipped. The latter is now showing on its website that online orders for the tablet placed on Friday, will go out on Saturday and AT&T's lead time has declined as well.
Both carriers are beginning to get healthy supplies of inventory for its retail locations. On AT&T's website, the mobile operator includes a way to check in-store availability of the iPad mini with Retina display. A look at a small area covering Miami, Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, Florida shows nine stores. Eight of them have the device in stock while one store has a limited supply. For Apple, the rolling out of inventory into carrier's stores couldn't come at a more perfect time, as the holiday shopping season enters its last week and a half.