We already had a feeling that there was going to be supply issues with the iPad mini with Retina display in the United States. Our first inkling came when Apple didn’t release the tablet at the same time as the iPad Air, and then it was reaffirmed as supply shortages started to pop up immediately after launch, and amid rumors that there are issues with Sharp’s IGZO display panels. Now, we’re seeing an even tighter supply from carriers as they push back delivery dates. Oddly, though, you can still get one from Apple much quicker.
CNET recently noticed that AT&T can’t ship the tablet for 21-28 day. Likewise, T-Mobile can’t ship the tablet for about 6-8 weeks, while Verizon can’t even provide a firm date for availability in its stores.
Here’s where things get weird though: Apple’s own store says you can order any of the tablets direct from its store for shipment from any carrier, whether it’s AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile, and it will ship within 5-10 business days. So, while we’re still pretty sure there’s tight supply because it can’t ship next-day, it seems like Apple is trying to keep sales close to the vest instead of providing carriers with as many units as possible. Perhaps that’s the company’s strategy moving into the holiday season?