Due to “limited supply” and “high demand,” the new iPad mini with Retina display will be available at Apple Stores exclusively through the Personal Pickup service for the time-being. Personal Pickup allows a customer to purchase a Retina iPad mini via the Apple Online Store, then pick it up at an Apple Retail location of their choosing. This also means that a customer who wants a Retina iPad mini cannot simply walk-in to an Apple Store and buy one (yet). It’s likely that Apple will allow walk-in purchases when demand meets supply. Apple notified its retail employees of the current sales exclusivity to Personal Pickup customers, and Apple’s own retail website seems to imply similar…

 

 

The iPad Air had enough supply to be available for both Personal Pickup customers and walk-in buyers at launch. The iPad Air launched on November 1st, and will be rolling it to several more countries as this year progresses. The iPad mini with Retina display starts at $399, and surprisingly launched early this morningwithout any official announcement from Apple. Interestingly, all of checks for Personal Pickup availability via Apple’s Online Store have come up with no stores having inventory. Perhaps stores will begin stocking Retina minis in the coming few days, and we’ve heard international stores have already begun receiving supply of the new tablet.

The Retina iPad mini is shipping to customer homes in 1-3 days in the entry level models in the U.S., and 5-7 days for higher-capacity and cellular variants.