Apple’s Retina-equipped iPad mini is still in short supply at the start of the holiday shopping season. AppleInsider flags a note from Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore, who surveyed more than 100 retail outlets over the past few days to figure out both supply and demand for a range of Apple products during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. More →
Walmart on Friday announced that its 2013 Black Friday campaign has been a smashing success, with the store delivering “the biggest shopping day of the season,” even though not all its online customers were happy after Walmart’s website experienced some snafus. The retail store revealed that over 1 million customers took advantage of the One-Hour Guarantee promotion offered on 21 products this year, while the company said it processed more than 10 million transactions on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and its website registered nearly 400 million page views on Thanksgiving Day. In total, more than 22 million customers did their Black Friday shopping at Walmart. More →
Apple’s decision to give the iPad mini a Retina display is certainly an improvement from the original device’s display but at least one display expert thinks it’s still “lagging” behind both the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira this week knocks Apple for supposed “poor planning” when it comes to the Retina iPad mini’s display, which he says uses outdated technology that has been easily surpassed by its competitors. More →
Despite reports of supply constraints, the Retina iPad mini appears to be ramping up faster than the original iPad mini. According to a report from Digitimes, Apple ordered nearly 4 million Retina iPad mini units in November, more than the company did last year for the first-generation iPad mini. This follows what appeared to have been major supply constraints. Apple’s supply partners were reportedly having trouble producing enough Retina displays, which at 326 pixels per inch are the most pixel-dense panels Apple has ever made, and CEO Tim Cook admitted that Apple might not be able keep up with demand for the holidays. As a result of the supply constraints, the Retina iPad mini wasn’t released until nearly two weeks after the iPad Air was first made available, and when it was launched, you could only buy it online or with personal in-store pickup. Only in the past week have Apple stores begun selling the Retina iPad mini directly.
The quiet launch of the Retina iPad mini left a lot of potential customers out in the cold. Not only has availability been extremely limited, the only way to secure the new iPad mini has been to reserve one online for in-store pickup. It looks like Apple is working on one of those issues, as AppleInsider shares a report from Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian J. White which states that three New York Apple Stores, including the Fifth Avenue location, now have unreserved Retina iPad minis in stock for walk-in customers to purchase. More →
If you haven’t secured a Retina iPad mini yet, you’re going to have to wait quite a while before you can pick one up. According to CNET, three of the largest U.S. wireless carriers, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, all have the cellular version of the second-generation iPad mini on backorder. Verizon’s earliest shipping date is now December 2nd, AT&T is showing 21 t0 28 days for shipping, and T-Mobile says it could take 6-8 weeks before orders start arriving. The Wi-Fi version is still only available on Apple’s website, but orders are showing just 1-3 business days for shipping on the 16GB and 32GB models. If you’re in the market for an iPad before the holidays, Apple’s supply shortage might make the iPad Air the only viable option.
After months of rumors and heavy anticipation culminated with a curious unveiling that lacked a firm release date, Apple finally launched its second-generation iPad mini last week. Chatter on social networks suggests those who picked up the new tiny tablet over this past week are quite pleased with their purchases, and early reviews of the iPad mini with Retina display couldn’t sing it enough praise — as was the case with the iPad Air when debuted. But while the two tablets are very similar in most ways, one reviewer found that the display on the smaller slate falls short of the Air’s class-leading panel. More →
Apple surprised anxious fans around the world earlier this week when it quietly launched its new second-generation iPad mini tablet in the middle of the night with no warning. Those who had been eagerly awaiting the new high-definition mini slate scrambled to place their orders as soon as they woke up and read the news — and therein lies Apple’s logic in debuting the new Retina iPad mini so quietly. According to Internet Marketer Ed Dale, this was a carefully calculated move on Apple’s part, and a smart one as well. More →
The Retina iPad mini is expected to be in short supply through the holiday season and into 2014, so those looking to purchase Apple’s tiny new tablet in a store often need to use all the tools at their disposal. One of those tools, unfortunately, was recently ripped off the Internet when Apple sent lawyers after its creator. Good news, Apple fans: a similar service has returned and it lets you check all of your local Apple Stores for Retina iPad mini stock. Of course, for those who don’t want to brave the elements and deal with stores, it looks like there is still plenty of inventory to be purchased online. At the time of this writing, Apple’s website listed a shipping quote of 1-3 days for 16GB and 32GB Retina iPad mini models in either silver or slate gray. All other models ship within 5-10 business days, meaning orders placed now for any model will arrive long before the holidays come around.
Apple quietly launched its second-generation iPad mini tablet earlier this week and even in the accompanying press release, the company said supply could be tight. Just how tight, however, remained a mystery. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is likely the most reliable industry watcher on the planet when it comes to Apple, the Retina iPad mini will be incredibly difficult to find this holiday season. Kuo said in a research note picked up by 9to5Mac on Wednesday that Apple will likely ship fewer than 2.3 million Retina iPad mini tablets this holiday season, a figure that likely wouldn’t even come close to meeting holiday demand. Kuo expects shipments to improve 102% to about 4.5 million units in the first quarter next year, so those who don’t manage to get their hands on a new mini by the end of the year should have better luck in 2014.
The Retina-equipped iPad mini may be more expensive than the original iPad mini but it looks like people who buy the new device will at least be getting more bang for their bucks. MacRumors points out that new Geekbench 3 benchmarks show the new Retina-equipped iPad mini’s A7 processor performs five times better than the original iPad mini’s processor. MacRumors also notes that the new iPad mini’s processor performs about as well as the processor in the iPhone 5s and slightly worse than the processor in the iPad Air. Apple’s Retina-equipped iPad mini first went on sale starting Tuesday morning, although the company is only letting users order the device through its website and has only a limited number of devices available for in-store pickup.
Well, it’s finally here. The iPad mini with Retina Display finally went on sale Tuesday, just 11 days after the iPad Air became available to consumers. Apple has outdone itself with both tablets, especially the iPad mini, putting a Retina Display screen, which adds bulk to the tablet, in a design that weighs just 0.73 or 0.75 pounds, depending on if you have the 4G LTE model or not. More →
Apple is a creature of habit but every once in a while, the company deviates from the norm. The new completely redesigned iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display were unveiled late last month and while Apple’s larger tablet got a release date as expected, Apple would only say that its second-generation iPad mini would launch sometime in November. Several reports have stated that manufacturing issues were the cause of Apple’s uncertain launch, and Apple CEO Tim Cook even admitted on the company’s recent earnings call that there might not be enough supply to meet demand once the new iPad mini finally does launch. Well, wait is now over and the mad dash to be among the first to get your hands on the initial wave of Retina iPad minis has begun. More →