Customers buying the new iPad mini online get ship notices
Still no in-store pick-up dates available for the smaller tablet device
Those who were waiting for the iPad mini with its new retina display to be released and quickly went online yesterday to place their orders, received shipment notices from Apple. But those ordering online and hoping to pick-up their new tablets at an Apple store are still not getting availability dates.
My own new iPad mini is expected to arrive in the Chicago area on November 20, a Wednesday. Speculation has been that the new iPad mini would make its appearance at retail stores on Friday, November 22, and that just like the new iPad Air, no pre-orders would be accepted. That proved false, as did my more wild speculation that Apple might pull a Black Friday grand opening.
The iPad mini comes with the same resolution display as the larger model, 2048-by-1536. But while the new iPad Air has a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch, the new iPad mini has 326 pixels per inch. The uniformity of the two screens – resolution wise, at least – should encourage developers of publication apps to only design for retina displays.
Both models of iPad now can be ordered with up to 128 GB of storage, though the price of a mini climbs to $829 for 128 Gb of storage plus cellular, which will no doubt make some buyers why they are considering a tablet in the first place.