Apple's new retina display iPad Mini hits stores without fanfare

 Associated Press   California     Last Updated: November 13, 2013  | 12:06 IST
Apple's new iPad Mini hits stores without fanfare
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Apple Inc has begun selling its new iPad Mini, the one with its famed retina display feature, without the usual fanfare.

The company usually announces the availability date in advance, allowing loyal customers to line up at stores overnight to be among the first to buy one. This time, Apple quietly issued a news release on its immediate availability.

Supplies also are limited. People had to order them online to pick them up at Apple's retail stores. This suggests the company may be having problems producing enough iPad Minis.

Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged during a conference call two weeks ago that "it's unclear whether we will have enough for the quarter or not."

The new Mini is the first version of the smaller iPad to feature the high-resolution display that Apple calls Retina. It also includes a power-efficient A7 chip, along with faster wireless and expanded LTE cellular connectivity.

The new iPad Mini is available in silver or gray. Wi-Fi-only models will start at $399 for a 16-gigabyte gigabyte model while cellular-capable models will start at $529 for the 16-gigabyte model. It's available in the US and several other markets.

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