Apple's iPad mini Retina now available: Will supplies last?

Summary:Analysts have noted that the reception to the iPad Air has been strong and iPad mini with Retina is also going to do well. The catch is that few analysts expect iPad mini with Retina to have enough units to meet demand.

Apple said Tuesday that its iPad mini with Retina display is rolling out to stores, but the big question revolves around how long supplies will last.

The company said its iPad mini---a high resolution 7.9-inch screen tablet---will be available online at the Apple store, through pickups at the company's retail stores and through carriers as well as a few resellers.

Analysts have noted that the reception to the iPad Air has been strong and iPad mini with Retina is also going to do well. The catch is that few analysts expect iPad mini with Retina to have enough units to meet demand.

The high-end iPad mini will run $399 for a 16GB model and $499 for a 32GB version. The iPad mini Retina goes up a $100 at each higher memory capacity ($699 for a 128GB model. Models with cellular connections will start at $529. The previous iPad mini starts at $299.

Review:  Apple iPad Air review: Thin, light and fast, but expensive  |  iPad mini with Retina display goes on sale across the world today

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a research note that the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina are among the best received Apple products ever. Munster based his take on Twitter sentiment analysis. He said:

We believe positive reception for the iPad Air & mini Retina exceeds the iPad mini, iPhone 5, 5s, & 5c. The sentiment over the course of the past three weeks, which has shown improving trends, has demonstrated that the Air & Mini Retina are possibly the most well received recent devices from Apple.

ipadmini retina sentiment

 

Topics: Mobility, Apple, iPad, Tablets

About

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.