Been wanting to get your hands on an iPad mini with Retina Display before buying one? Supplies of the device are still limited, but as Cult of Mac notes, Apple has quietly started allowing walk-in purchases of the device from Apple Stores.
The launch of the device on November 12 was equally quiet, and at the time, Apple was only allowing customers to order the devices online or by Personal Pickup. Even now the shipping time for the devices is listed as five to 10 days, even with Wi-Fi only models.
Keep in mind that this may not be true of all locations. Brian White, an analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald, first noted the availability of the devices at several Apple Store locations throughout New York City. I personally called my local Apple Store on Chicago's North Michigan Avenue, where most variations of the iPad mini with Retina Display were still available at the time of writing. The 64 and 128 GB versions, however, were "going fast."
If you want to find out if walk-ins are available at your location, it might be a good idea to use Apple Tracker. It took me 20 minutes of being on hold to get the little snippet of information above, and in that time, heck, they could sell out. Indeed, if you want to play it safe, it's still a good idea to order the devices online or for Personal Pickup.
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