Apple has quietly released the iPad mini with retina display, making it available on its online stores in a number of countries.
I have not yet heard of it being on sale in Apple retail stores; it’s possible that it will be available in very limited quantities. It is thought that Apple is proceeding with this soft launch because of production problems, leading to a very small number of the units available. As you can see from the shipping times in the US Apple online store, it’s not available right away:
So if you want an iPad mini with retina display, it may not be easy to get a hold of. Check your country’s online Apple store and order now, or wait until Apple gets its production up.
For what it’s worth, I’m happy with my iPad Air, and don’t plan to buy an iPad mini with retina display. I do, however, have a 16 GB iPad mini first generation for sale, if anyone’s interested…