Retina iPad mini will be almost impossible to buy during the holidays

Yup, you read the headline correct. Apple’s iPad mini is expected to launch with ridiculously limited supply; so much so, that the wildly popular tablet may not be readily available this holiday season, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This prediction comes after the tech giant secretly opened up orders for the iPad mini by way of its online store yesterday.

Although, checking the site, Apple seems to have the same delivery times as reported on Tuesday: 1-3 days for 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi, and 5-10 days for all other Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models. So mini’s are still available to grab on the company’s website.

Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will likely ship fewer than 2.3 million Retina iPad mini tablets this holiday season, this due to the company’s expected supply constraints. That’s why the 2.3 million mini’s sold prediction is far below what Apple could sell. Kuo assumes shipments will improve 102 percent to about 4.5 million units in the first quarter next year.

We like to always tell our readers to take these kinds of things with a grain of salt until something surfaces that is more concrete. However, the fact that Retina iPad mini’s are available as we speak, should be the key indicator for those of you to get one before they’re gone. There’s many places out there who’ll buy your old iPad, so hurry before it is too late.

Who out there is getting a Retina iPad mini? If not, why?

[9to5Mac; via BGR]


  • Mike

    They’re still available at the Apple Store near me as of this evening. Either nobody near me wants them, or they have a healthy stock. Or there is a false “shortage” just like every other anticipated electronics launch.

  • General Ivan

    This kinda advertisement is rubbing me the wrong way….. Does anybody else feel the same way or is it just me?

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