Apple is still facing supply constraints on the 3G/4G units of the iPad mini with Retina display, but it looks like customers can finally walk into an Apple Store and purchase a Retina iPad mini without ordering online first.
The iPad mini with Retina display was soft launched by Apple on November 12th but units were only made available online or via Personal Pickup. Supply has been tight ever since, but Apple’s move to make the new minis available in stores could signal that Apple’s more confident that it can handle the demand, however, Apple.com is now reporting shipping dates of 5-10 days, even on Wifi-only units.
News of the walk-in sales was first reported by Brian White, an analyst from Cantor Fitzgerald. Based on White’s research note a number of Apple Stores in New York City have received shipments designated for walk-in customer sales specifically. MacRumors also rang up a few stores and found that most were offering walk-in sales, but due to supply constraints, it’s still encouraged to check online for Personal Pickup options rather than heading to the store blindley.
You can check Personal Pickup options at your local Apple Store via the Apple Tracker below: