When Apple announced its new iPad mini with Retina display last month, the only launch information it gave for the device was that it'd be arriving "later in November." Well, it looks like "later in November" means actually means around mid-November, because today the Cupertino firm has added the iPad mini with Retina display to its shelves.
The iPad mini is now available for purchase from Apple's online store and is offered with silver and space gray bodies. Customers interested in a Wi-Fi-only tablet can expect to pony up $399 for a new iPad mini with 16GB of storage, with pricing for additional storage set at $499 for the 32GB model, $599 for the 64GB version and $699 for the roomy 128GB variant. Meanwhile, the iPad mini with Retina display model that also includes 4G LTE cellular connectivity will set buyers back $529 for 16GB of storage, $629 for 32GB, $729 for 64GB and $829 for 128GB of space.
Apple's newest iPad mini model features a couple of major upgrades over its predecessor. The first is baked right into its name: The iPad mini with Retina display features a 7.9-inch 2048x1536 display, which is double the original device's 1024x768 resolution. Another big upgrade included with the Retina-fied iPad mini is its A7 processor, the same chip found inside of Apple's iPad Air as well as the iPhone 5s. Rounding out the iPad mini with Retina display's spec list is a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and support for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon on the LTE-capable variant.
This new iPad mini with Retina display doesn't look terribly different from its predecessor, but the inclusion of a higher-res screen and upgraded processor makes the second-gen iPad mini quite an upgrade over the first model. However, it's worth noting that folks that'd rather save a few bucks can still pick up the OG iPad mini with 16GB of storage at a discounted rate of $299 for the Wi-Fi model and $429 for the cellular model. Both models can be found by hitting up their respective Apple web store links below.
UPDATE: Apple has issued an official press release announcing the launch of the iPad mini with Retina display. Pricing for the new iOS tablet is just as described above, and Apple says that it's also selling polyurethane Smart Covers in blue, green, pink, yellow, black and red for $39 each. Consumers that'd like a little more protection for their new iPad mini with Retina display can pick up a Smart Case in yellow, beige, blue, brown, black or red for $69 each.
As far as actual availability goes, the iPad mini with Retina display can be purchased through Apple's online store or using Apple's Personal Pickup tool to pay for a unit online and then pick it up in-store. The iPad mini with Retina display is also available from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.