The iPad Air and iPad mini Retina were launched back on October 22, and while the former was immediately given a release date of November 1, Apple would say only that the latter was “Coming later in November”.
In a surprise move, Apple has quietly slipped the iPad mini Retina onto its site, with some models already carrying a dispatch time of up to 10 days.
We expect the times will creep up as the day goes on and word spreads, but at the time of writing, you can grab the 16 or 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini Retina with a dispatch time of 1-3 business days.
The six others (that’s the 64 or 128GB with Wi-Fi, and the four 3G models) currently carry a dispatch time of 5-10 business days.
Those dispatch times apply regardless of iPad mini Retina colour i.e. Space Grey or Silver.
It’s not immediately apparent if those were the wait times the moment the iPad mini Retina became “available”, but Tim Cook already warned on Apple’s recent earnings call: “It's not clear that everyone who wants one will be able to find one."
Prior to the iPad mini Retina’s launch, we were told that the device was experiencing yield problems on account of the Retina display. More recently, a source from out east claimed it was Sharp’s fault, with their output suffering a burn-in problem.