The iPad mini 2 Retina is available to buy now, with Apple's second-generation 7-inch tablet hitting the UK through the online Apple store.
After much speculation over the past few hours, Apple has made its iPad mini with Retina display, aka the iPad mini 2, available to buy. This follows an unprecedented leak from Apple’s own internal GSX tool for its support technicians, which pointed to a November 12 launch in a number of key territories.
Those countries include the UK, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and United States. Although the 16GB, Wi-Fi only iteration of the iPad mini 2 is currently listed with a 1-3 business days shipping time in the UK, larger capacity models will take longer to arrive.
With the 64GB and 128GB storage capacity versions of the iPad mini 2 shown with a 5-10 business days shipping estimation, all cappacities of the cellular model are facing the same lengthy wait.
Evidently those major production issues we've been reading about are to blame for this low-key and strictly limited roll-out.
In the UK, the iPad mini 2 price starts at £319 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, with the fees running right up to £659 for the 128GB cellular version. Each model comes equipped with a 7.9-inch Retina display, with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels.
Elsewhere, the iPad mini 2 comes with Apple’s blazingly fast A7 processor - the same 64-bit dual-core chip that debuted in the iPhone 5S at the end of September.
The iPad mini 2 joins the iPad Air in Apple’s tablet range. The Air copies the mini’s slim and light design, with the same thin side-bezels and a 9.7-inch Retina display.