Today is Halloween, and to most Americans, that means parties, costumes, pumpkins – the works. But for many of us geeks, it’s the eve of the release of the iPad Air, and with the larger of the two new Apple tablets now ready for release, Apple fans far and wide are preparing themselves to queue overnight once again. But the iPad mini with Retina display, which Apple also announced at a special event last week, remains pretty elusive as far as a release date goes, and with yield issues apparent for some time now, it’s unknown when the smaller slate will actually make its debut. Now, however, we might finally have our answer.
According to a leaked product listing via retail giant Target, the Retina iPad mini will make its way to market on November 21st, so those sitting on the fence regarding which of the two new iPads to purchase may have to wait a full three weeks before they can see the micro model in the flesh.
Retailers are known for throwing out release dates based upon little more than rumor and conjecture, but with November 21st hitting that key shoppers’ window just enough time before Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday etc., there perhaps couldn’t be a better time for Apple to drop the iPad mini with Retina display.
It’s worth noting that November 21st is a Thursday, rather than a Friday, and this is rather significant because, well, Apple only does product releases on the last day of the working week. Then again, it may just be that Target.com’s date is merely indicative of the date the retail chain will receive the tablet, rather than when it goes on general sale.
Whatever the case may be, if you are holding out for the iPad mini 2, which, let’s face it, is the first iPad mini which is absolutely worth buying, then with any luck, the wait shouldn’t be too cumbersome. If Apple goes a week later than Target’s projected date, then this would make for a suicidal Black Friday release, and waiting until December would be, just, well, too long to wait for a product announced in October.
Will you be getting yourself an iPad mini with Retina display?