The iPad Mini with Retina display now available from Apple's online store

Starting today, the new iPad Mini with Retina display is available to order from Apple's online store. The tablet was unveiled, alongside the bigger iPad Air (that launched November 1) and other products bearing the fruit logo, three weeks ago during a special Apple event.

Folks looking to purchase one today and get it as soon as possible should take into account the customary initial lead times. Apple lists the 16 GB and 32 GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini with Retina display as ready to ship in one to three business days (lower than its estimates for the new iPad Air -- five to seven business days). The 64 GB and 128 GB Wi-Fi as well as all cellular models are slated to ship in five to ten business days. This applies to both the Space Gray and Silver trims.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Apple's pricing structure for the iPad Mini with Retina display, here is the breakdown:

  • 16 GB Wi-Fi version -- $399;
  • 16 GB 4G LTE version -- $529;
  • 32 GB Wi-Fi version -- $499
  • 32 GB 4G LTE version -- $629;
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi version -- $599;
  • 64 GB 4G LTE version -- $729;
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi version -- $699;
  • 128 GB 4G LTE version -- $829.

The iPad Mini with Retina display costs $100 less than the equivalent iPad Air, which is also available in both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE versions.

The highlights of the iPad Mini with Retina display include: 7.9-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536; 64-bit A7 processor; 5 MP back-facing iSight Camera with 1080p video recording; 1.2 MP FaceTime HD camera on the front with 720p video recording; 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB storage versions; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n; optional 4G LTE cellular connectivity with GPS; Bluetooth 4.0; up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, video playback or music playback with nine hours of cellular browsing for the 4G LTE model. The Wi-Fi iPad Mini with Retina display comes in at 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm and 331 grams; the 4G LTE iPad Mini with Retina displays weighs 341 grams but has the same physical dimensions as its Wi-Fi sibling.

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