The new iPad Mini 2 – which comes with a 7.9 inch Retina display, unlike the first-generation iPad Mini – is available to purchase since November 12. Apple has reportedly ordered “nearly 4 million” iPad Mini 2s “for shipments in November” – according to DigiTimes, which quotes Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Initial availability of the second-generation iPad Mini was limited because suppliers (including Sharp and LG) weren’t able to produce enough 2048 x 1536 pixel Retina displays for it. However, that problem is solved now. And – with almost 4 million units ordered for this month only – Apple is certainly expecting Holiday sales to be high.
The iPad Mini 2 is currently being sold for as low as $399 (16GB, Wi-Fi only). The price can go up to $829 (128GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular). The original iPad Mini, which sports a 7.9 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, is also still available, costing as low as $299 (16GB, Wi-Fi). However, if you must have an iPad Mini, it’s worth paying $100 more to get the newer version – as this comes not only with a greatly improved screen, but also with a newer and faster processor (A7), more RAM (1GB), and a better 5MP rear camera.
The highest number of iPads shipped by Apple in a quarter was 19.5 million units (in Q1 2013, January – March) . With the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Air both available now, the Cupertino company may hit a new record this quarter.