We already declared the new iPad mini with Retina Display teh hottest Holiday Gift of 2013. We still do not know when exactly Apple will start selling the new iPad mini. My guess is it will be November 15 or November 22. Both dates have other big releases as well (PS4, Xbox One), but the last Friday of November is totally pre-occupied with Black Friday 2013.
We heard rumors even before Apple revealed the iPad mini with Retina Display that said that supply will be very limited. Analyst firm iSuppli has released a report that supports these rumors. To blame are the displays. iSuppli says that based on current supply data, shipments of the new iPad mini with Retina Display will fall below 4 million units and potentially amount to less than 3 million units in the fourth quarter. This would represent as little as one-third of the 8.9 million unit volume of the first-generation iPad mini shipments during the final three months of 2012, the first quarter when that product was sold.
Usually demand for a second generation Apple product is increasing dramatically from the first releases. So we have two variables that are making the iPad mini with Retina display super hard to find this Holiday season.
Now it depends how Apple will offer the new iPad mini. Will there be a pre-order option or not? We will have to wait for Apple's next move.
Find more Apple News and Rumors in our Apple News Hub and on our new real-time Apple news site Apple Balla. Apple is set to have an exciting fall and holiday season with the release of iOS 7 and OS Maverick in addition to a slew of new devices including the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and MacBook Pro. There might also be something completely new that we do not know about. It is likely not the iWatch, which is expected for 2014.