November 12, 2013 Last Updated 1:11 pm

Apple begins accepting orders for the new iPad mini with retina display, no in-store pick-up date

The iPad mini with retina display, unveiled at the October Apple iPad event in San Francisco, is now available for ordering. A check online finds that most models say they will ship in 1 to 3 business days, thought he delivery date estimated is the 20th to the 22nd. That may mean that in-store pick-up and sales may not start until Friday, October 22 (we’ll see if that proves to be true).

AppleiPadmini-1-lgThe new iPad line now comes in models ranging from 16 Gb to 128 GB in storage, though Apple continues to charge $100 for each jump in flash storage. That means that the new line ranges from $399 for a new iPad mini with 16 GB of storage and WiFi-only to $929 for an iPad Air with 128 GB of storage and cellular. Apple is getting in Microsoft Surface territory here with its pricing.

According to AllThingsD, the new iPad mini is going on sale today in the U.S., Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore, with other countries to follow.

Amazon, which beat Apple to the punch in introducing its new Kindle Fire tablets, but could not ship immediately, now lists the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ tablet in stock on November 15, while the smaller model is shipping immediately.

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