When it was announced, the iPad mini with Retina display had no firm release date. It’s now available for sale in Apple‘s online store. Shipping occurs in 1-3 business days for the WiFi model and 5-10 business days for the WiFi + Cellular models. Just as announced, each version is available with 16, 32, 64, or 128GB of storage. Also as announced, pricing starts at $399 for the 16GB WiFi-only model and $529 for the cellular models. Like the iPad Air, you can choose from Space Gray/Black or Silver/White.
You may remember that I purchased the original iPad mini as soon as it was released last year. I only bought it because there was a possibility I’d need it for a job. The job never materialized, but I kept the iPad mini and used it instead of my 3rd-gen iPad. I loved that little iPad because it had everything the big iPads had, except for size and weight. I could hold my iPad mini for hours each day without the sore hands and tired arms I got from the bigger, much heavier iPad.
I was torn when I heard the new version of the iPad mini wouldn’t be available immediately. I couldn’t stand the thoughts that my husband would have a nice, new iPad Air with its faster everything while I was waiting for who knew how long for the new mini. After all, I had what was essentially an iPad 2 in a smaller package, and I was ready for a faster processor and faster surfing. I knew the iPad mini with Retina display would have all the same internals as the Air, so I’d get that exciting bump in speed. I just don’t like to wait.
I tried to convince myself to wait for the new mini, and I might have been able to wait if there had just been a firm release date. After reading all the specs and realizing the iPad Air weighed only one pound, I decided I’d go back to the bigger model. I do love my iPad Air; I like having the bigger screen and the slightly louder speakers, but I will admit that today I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t wait for the iPad mini with Retina display.