The iPad mini with Retina display went on sale last night at midnight Pacific time – at Apple’s online store.
This is an odd release for a major new iPad model, with no announcement beforehand. The conjecture is that this sort of ‘stealth’ release for the Retina iPad mini is due to the long-rumored shortage of supply.
Judging by the ship times available this morning, that conjecture sounds pretty accurate. Ship times for WiFi only models are at 1-3 business days. WiFi + Cellular models are already at 5-10 business days.
I’ve not seen any word yet on whether you can buy a new Retina iPad mini at an Apple retail store.
So the obvious pro tip here is if you want a Retina iPad mini you probably want to get an order in quick if you want to see it this side of Christmas.