second generation iPad mini tablet (now with a "Retina" class display) is finally available to order, though you know how the drill goes. As with most Apple product launches to retail, you either act fast or get in line and wait for inventory to catch up with demand. Things on Apple's end have gotten better recently, but there have been rumors of display shortages
for the new model iPad mini.
This is the iPad mini people have been waiting for, as opposed to the first generation model, which was essentially a shrunken down iPad 2 tablet. This is the one that brings a much higher resolution panel (2048x1536, 326ppi) to the party, along with a faster processor (custom A7 chip), more RAM (1GB versus 512MB), and a 128GB capacity option.
Demand is likely to be high and there's already a wait period for most models. Here's a look at pricing and current shipping information (same for both silver and black models):
- 16GB Wi-Fi: $399 (1-3 business days) / Cellular: $529 (5-10 business days)
- 32GB Wi-Fi: $499 (1-3 business days) / Cellular: $629 (5-10 business days)
- 64GB Wi-Fi: $599 (5-10 business days) / Cellular: $729 (5-10 business days)
- 128GB Wi-Fi: $699 (5-10 business days) / Cellular: $829 (5-10 business days)
That's a wait time of 1-2 weeks for almost every version available, save for the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi SKUs. And if the rumors about a panel shortage turn out to be true, expect those wait times to get longer.