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.

source: Apple via AllThingsD

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1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31299; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

7. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

2. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

3. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 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..

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31299; Member since: Feb 05, 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

8. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 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

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

6. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

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