Apple silently released the iPad Mini with Retina display on its online Store on November 12th. At that time, the only way for customers to get hold of an iPad Mini was to order it online or via Apple’s Personal Pickup service. Now, it seems that the Cupertino giant is allowing walk-in customers to purchase the tablet from its stores, despite facing delays in online shipments. It’s worth mentioning that the supplies are tight and it would be best to order it online via Personal Pickup if you want to score a shiny new iPad Mini.
The news came from Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, who mentioned in his research note that several Apple stores in New York have received shipments for walk-in customers. White also confirmed that 26 out of 32 stores surveyed by his team have a limited stock of the iPad Mini for walk-in customers. The folks at MacRumors also confirmed that a few Apple stores are offering the iPad Mini with retina display to walk-in customers while a few are offering the tablet via Personal Pickup only.
The new iPad Mini with Retina Display was announced last month, and went on sale a few days back. Many analysts and rumors suggest the supply of the iPad Mini with Retina display is constrained and Apple may not have enough stock to meet the demand during the holiday season. This is mainly due to the shortage of high resolution retina display panels.
In fact, the shipment of cellular model is still facing delays and is currently shipping in five to ten days. Even the shipment dates of the WiFi iPad Mini is also delayed and is shipping in five to ten days (at the time of writing) once an order has been placed online.