It’s just over a week since the iPad Air was officially launched and available for purchase, but the Retina iPad mini, introduced at the same event by Apple back on 22 October, has been missing in action. No longer it appears.
Recent rumours were opting for a 21 November release date, with secondary supplier Sharp being blamed for the delay with the low yields of its Retina display panels causing availability issues.
Perhaps those issues have been addressed with a little more alacrity than was expected, as now sites such as MacRumors are claiming the Retina iPad mini will launch on 12 November. This new date was prompted by a post on Apple’s GSX site for service providers.
Bloggers have noted that it’s actually already 12 November in some places around the world – like here, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Japan. But MacRumors is noting that Apple has “previously launched its products via press release at around 5:30 AM”. And that it’s possible the Cupertino tech giant could quietly issue a press release before flicking the switch (metaphorically) allowing online and retail sales to begin.
This uncharacteristically modest introduction could have something to do with the constraint issues the baby tablet is still facing, according to MacRumors.
Despite the GSX posting, at 2pm today the Australian Apple online store was still quoting the device as “coming later in November”, but whenever it arrives (later today, tomorrow or whenever) the pricing will be as follows:
16GB = $479, 32GB = $598, 64GB = $699, 128GB = $799.
For the Wi-Fi plus Cellular models add $150 (give or take a buck or so):
16GB = $629, 32GB = $749, 64GB = $849, 128GB = $949.
Watch this space!
by Madeleine Swain, Macworld Australia