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Retina iPad Mini Launching with Personal Pickup, but No U.S. In-Store Availability Yet [Updated]

Following the start of orders for the Retina iPad mini a few hours ago, Apple has issued a press release officially announcing the launch. The release notes that the Retina iPad mini will not only be available for online orders, but also through the in-store Personal Pickup mechanism by which customers can check stocks at their local Apple retail stores and purchase online before heading to their stores to pick up their orders. Walk-in sales will apparently not be offered until supplies improve.

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Stocks of the Retina iPad mini have apparently yet to make their way to Apple's U.S. retail stores, as all stores are currently showing no availability for pickup, but limited supplies should be arriving shortly. Some of Apple's international stores do, however, already have stock available for in-store pickup, as noted by MacStories' Federico Viticci, who has placed an order for pickup and confirmed with his local store in Italy that supplies are indeed available.

Availability through Apple's online store appears to be holding up for the time being, with the company's U.S. stores showing the same shipping estimates seen at the time orders went live: 1-3 business days for 16 and 32 GB Wi-Fi models and 5-10 business days for all other models.

Update: Some U.S. retail stores on the East Coast are beginning to show availability of Wi-Fi models for Personal Pickup. Many stores have all 8 color/capacity Wi-Fi configurations available at the moment.

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Update 2: Apple has now opened up Personal Pickup availability for a number of its stores across the United States. Many stores are, however, still listing no in-store stock, and those that do have stock are seeing quick sellouts of many models.

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13 months ago

Yup. Only reason to get an Air is if you're old and have poor eyesight.

Someday you will be there too. Jerk.
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago
We've added the new iPad mini to our iDevice availability page and notification service. Receive an e-mail when your local Apple Store has the model you want available for in-store pick-up.

http://www.seaturtle.org/idevice/
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago
Just to confirm, has anyone seen a Wifi+Cell available anywhere? I have been checking throughout the day for NYC availability and have not seen anything.
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago
C'mon Dallas. Let's get some avail already
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13 months ago
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?
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago

bigger screen / bigger battery / higher clock speed on the A7 chip is kind of a big deal :)


It's a very small deal I think. No one will ever notice the higher clock speed. Screen size is subjective, doesn't make any difference in performance unless you're using it to create work then I could see the bigger screen being beneficial. For 90% of people, it's all e-mail, web browsing, Facebook, Twitter, banking, games.
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago

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?


Apparently so. Same CPU/GPU/Motion processor and everyone is expecting it will have the same amount of RAM too (1GB).
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago

I was checking much of the morning and afternoon to no avail, but then around 3pm suddenly every store in the LA/OC area had immediately availability. I placed my order and received a confirmation email for pickup within 40 minutes.


They have the WiFi models available, but NOT the WiFi + Cellular ones. I'm sorta torn between having an iPad Air or the retina mini.
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago
Does it bug anyone else that Apple's iPad don't come with earbuds. C'mon Apple :)
I guess it would raise the price if they did include them.

On a more serious note, question about the Space Gray iPads. I notice that the bezel is Black/Gray. When this bezel is scratched, does it reveal black Aluminum or raw Silver Aluminum?

I may have to gran a white version instead if it scratches are more visible. :(
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago

Someday you will be there too. Jerk.

Haha, I was just teasing. :)
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