With its recent quiet release of the iPad mini, Apple is limiting purchases of its new iPad mini to online only. According to a report cited on Bloomberg, an analyst at market-research firm IHS says the supply of the hi-def Retina screens is restricting the number of the new devices Apple can produce.
The new devices are available online, with delivery times quoted as anywhere from 1-3 days to 5-10 business days for the higher memory-capacity models. Checking for availability at Apple Stores in the greater Philadelphia area returns them as unavailable.
An iPad Air and a new iPad Mini were announced at an Apple presentation on October 22. Both have the newer Retina display, and the iPad Air has had a dramatic drop in weight, to one pound.
Both include the A7 processor and feature a lighter, thinner design.
Apple announced a new version of the MacBook Pro, with a processor speed bump to 2.8GHz Intel Core i7. Similar to the simultaneous improvements to the iPad line, the new MBPs feature a thinner, lighter design and Retina displays. Perhaps one of the biggest differences that illustrates the convergence with the MacBook Air line is the absence of an internal DVD drive.