Some consumers looking to buy Apple's iPad mini with Retina Display may now be able to do so in their local Apple Retail stores. I stress the word "may".
On November 12th, Apple announced the availability of the device, but only by way of order and personal pick-up due to limited supplies.
GottaBeMobile and others are reporting that the company is selling them to walk in customers in some stores, though supplies are still limited. So if you're planning on making a trip to the store, don't get your hopes up too high. You might want to call ahead.
Obviously we have a major shopping week ahead, so I wouldn't expect supplies for walk-in customers to last very long.
The iPad mini with Retina Display was unveiled last month at a big press event along with the new iPad Air, Mac Pro and Macbook Pro models.
The device comes in silver or "space gray". The Wi-Fi model costs $399 for 16GB, $499 for 32GB, $599 for the 64GB model and $699 for the 128GB. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model is $529 for the 16GB, $629 for the 32GB, $729 for 64GB and $829 for the 128GB.
The original iPad mini has been dropped to $299 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $429 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular.