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Apple confirms iPad Mini 2 Christmas shortage

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed the company’s new iPad Mini will be in short supply around the Christmas period with the firm having trouble sourcing retina displays for the device.

The company’s new iPad Mini, which is expected to go on sale “later in November”, is first to feature a high-spec retina display and was unveiled alongside the new iPad Air earlier this month.

When questioned on the new device, Cook stated that "it's not clear if we'll have enough", according to The Verge, before adding "it's not clear that everyone who wants one will be able to find one”.

Despite this being the case Cook still stated "it's going to be an iPad Christmas" and that its counterpart, the iPad Air, is "the best iPad we've ever done".

There were rumours of delays sourcing enough displays even before the product had been unveiled with various sources stating that Apple’s strict power saving requirements had meant the display panels were difficult to source in large numbers.

The iPad Mini 2 comes with a retina display as standard that offers 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, which is four times what the original iPad Mini screen offered with the same screen size meaning a pixel density of 326ppi.

Under the bonnet there is an A7 processor making it a 64-bit device and this is supplemented by an M7 coprocessor that ensures it will blast its predecessor out of the water when it comes to speed.

The device comes in either space grey or silver and weighs either 331g for the Wi-Fi only version or 341g for the Wi-Fi and cellular version. The storage size ranges from 16GB all the way up to 128GB with prices starting at £319 and finishing up at a hefty £659.