iPad mini 2 with Retina display

Apple has quietly put its iPad mini 2, the one with a Retina display, on sale in the UK.

The Cupertino company introduced the second generation iPad mini a few weeks ago along with the iPad Air, but only the iPad Air went on sale shortly after the launch event. Apple said that the iPad mini with Retina display would arrive later in November. See also: The top 10 best tablets: What's the best tablet you can buy in 2013?

Well the iOS 7 tablet is now available to order from the Apple store online and will ship in 1-3 business days if you order the 16- or 32GB model. The larger capacity 64- and 128GB models are shipping in 5-10 business days. If you're after a Wi-Fi + cellular model then all capacities are shipping in 5-10 business days.

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We haven't even had a press release from Apple and the Regent Street store in London tells us that it doesn't have any new iPad minis in stock.

That's the situation at the time of writing but this could change if demand is high. It's unknown how much stock of the iPad mini 2 is available. With Christmas only a few weeks away, Apple could be struggling to meet demand. The rumour mill was suggesting that Apple's latest pint-sized effort would not end up arriving until next year.

The iPad mini 2 is available in space grey or silver and pricing ranges from £319 up to £659. The original iPad mini is still on sale with a lower price of £249.

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