At midnight Pacific Time on November 12th, Apple silently began accepting pre-orders for the Retina iPad mini in the America, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. The device, which was announced at last month’s Apple event, was never provided a main launch date other than at some point in November. The unexpected, quiet launch caught many by shock.

iPad mini with Retina Display

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Mac Rumors recommends the reason for the peaceful launching can be able to be attributed to “screen manufacturing issues.” The website alleges supply will be “extremely reduced” and there won’t be enough of “the tablet to fulfill need.” In shop pick-up is presently not available, and shipping price quotes of the brand-new mini are estimated at “one to two days for 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi designs, while 64GB, 128GB and all Wi-Fi + Cellular variations ship in five to ten days” according to Apple Insider.

The gadget, which retails at $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi version and $529 for the LTE design, includes the new A7 chip, M7 activity co-processor, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 5 MP rear cam, and 2048-by-1536 Retina screen. In addition to the base expense, the 16GB will run consumers an extra $130 for cellular connectivity and $100 for each boost in capability approximately 128GB.