Apple iPad Mini with Retina display available now

Apple has started to accept pre-orders for its iPad mini with Retina display tablet after an internal notification intended for support technicians and resellers leaked out.

The company posted a note onto its Global Service Exchange [GSX] that stated it would become available in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States on Tuesday, according to CNET.

Following this the Apple Store site went offline, as is procedure before a significant release, and 12 November saw it debut on sites in a number of territories including those listed above as well as the United Kingdom and Canada.

On the UK Apple Store there is good availability across both colours with the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi only version shipping in one to three business days. The 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi only version as well as all the Wi-Fi and Cellular models will take slightly longer to ship with models expected to be with customers in five to 10 business days.

The Wi-Fi and Cellular version of the device is available on EE, Three, O2, and Vodafone with a range of plans on offer depending on which network a customer decides to go with.

The new iPad mini with Retina display is the first to feature the enhanced display with an A7 64-bit processor supplemented by an M7 coprocessor to shoulder some of the workload. It has a 5-megapixel rear snapper, up to 10 hours of battery life and the only way it vastly differs from the more expensive iPad Air is its smaller 7.9in display.

It remains to be seen how long Apple can keep up with demand for the iPad mini with Retina display after CEO Tim Cook admitted there being a shortage of retina display panels for the new device that could affects supplies over the festive period.