Apple CEO Tim Cook all however verified reports that the iPad mini with Retina screen will certainly be in short supply after its ‘late November’ launch. Cook informed investors that he was not confident Apple would be able to make sufficient second-generation iPad minis for the 2013 vacation shopping period.

‘It’s vague whether we’ll have enough for the quarter or not. We know the number of we’ll have, however you truly have no idea the need up until you start delivering.’

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Cook likewise said he could not guarantee that ‘everybody who wants an iPad Air will be able to discover one,” when it starts shipping on November 1, but added he thought “it’s going to be an iPad Christmas” this year.

Several analysts and even Reuters previously shown that Apple would be incapable to commonly roll out the iPad mini 2 at launch. The delay is presumably due to Apple’s supply chain being stretched thin, and not starting production on Retina mini displays till October.

The scarcity can be why Apple decided to keep the original iPad mini around at a decreased price.

The iPad mini with Retina display will start at $399 for the Wi-Fi version, and $529 for the 16GB cellular model when it introduces in November.