The iPad mini with Retina display went on sale at Apple’s online store last night, in an odd sort of stealth launch.
This morning Apple has announced that the Retina iPad mini will also be available via Personal Pickup at Apple retail stores and other approved retail outlets, though they don’t appear to be available in any of those outlets just yet. Here’s the actual wording from Apple’s press release on the Retina iPad mini release:
iPad mini with Retina display is available to order through the Apple Online Store(www.apple.com) to ship or through Personal Pickup at Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Personal Pickup means you place an order online and select a store you want to pickup the iPad at, rather than having it shipped to a home address.
Just before starting on this post I checked the Apple online site and the Apple Store iOS app – and all of my local area Apple stores show as Unavailable for Personal Pickup. Best Buy’s online site just lists the Retina iPad mini models as ‘Coming Soon’ and available only for in-store pickup. I also called a few local Best Buy and AT&T outlets – and they say they have none available and no information about when they may get any in. Same goes for local Apple stores.
So I guess if, like me, you’re too impatient to wait on Apple’s 5-10 business day shipping (for WiFi + Cellular models) then it’s going to be a bit of a treasure hunt to try to grab one at a retail outlet whenever they come in and before they sell out.