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Three weeks after being formally announced, the iPad mini with Retina display is now available for purchase in the online Apple Store.  The release follows that of the larger iPad Air earlier in the month; both tablets feature the same 2048 x 1536 resolution and A7 processor with M7 motion coprocessor, so the choice between the two more or less comes down to which size you prefer as we mentioned in our iPad Air review. Pricing starts at $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model and tops out at $829 for a 128GB unit equipped with LTE connectivity.

If you’re in the market for an iPad mini with Retina Display the sooner you order the better your chances may be of actually getting one in the near future.  Rumors have been swirling of a severe supply constrain of the mini with Retina Display and Tim Cook said on Apple’s recent earnings call that “it’s not clear that everyone who wants one will be able to find one” this holiday season.  As of writing this post shipping times are 1-3 business days for certain WiFI-only models and 5-10 business days for all WiFi+Cellular models.

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