Update: The iPad mini with Retina display is now available for purchase on the Apple Store. I apologize for the incorrect report. The original post is after the break.
The iPad mini with Retina display will be available on November 22, contrary to a posting on Apple’s GSX site (for resellers and service providers), first spotted by MacRumors, that states the iPad mini with Retina display will be available on November 12 in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and the US. According to my source, the countries that have been mentioned are correct, but the iPad mini with Retina display will be available in additional countries as well.
As of this posting, it’s already 2pm on November 12 in Sydney, so that date is out of the window. Second, Apple likes to prepare its store employees, and have stock available for carriers and outlets like Best Buy for launch events like the iPad mini with Retina display release would be, and none of the mentioned parties are aware of any new products scheduled for release on November 12.
What may happen on November 12 is an announcement from Apple about the November 22 release date. It is also possible following the announcement Apple may make the iPad mini with Retina display available for pre-order, but that is unlikely given Apple’s recent history. Apple has been dealing with supply constraints for the iPad mini with Retina display, which has been the main reason for the delay. Sources indicate Apple wanted to have the iPad mini with Retina display in stock for Black Friday (November 29) which also factors in to the release date.
The iPad mini with Retina display has the same design as the original model, but will come with the same 2048 x 1536 display and A7 processor that is found in the iPad Air. The base model iPad mini with Retina display will retail for $399.