Data Reveals Silver 32 GB Wi-Fi Only Retina iPad Mini is Most Abundant at Apple Stores
Apple’s recently released Retina display-equipped iPad mini has been facing severe supply constraints and checks of Apple retail stores suggest consumers are hoping to get their hands on one of the tablets locally will have the best chance by aiming for a 32 GB Wi-Fi only model. Data put together by Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian J. White revealed that of the eight Wi-Fi models of Apple’s latest 7.9-inch tablet, the silver 32 GB variant is the most abundant, showing availability in 72% of the 172 Apple retail stores polled.
The space gray model with the same capacity follows closely behind with availability in 69% of stores, while the 128 GB models are said to bring up the rear as stock was found in just 7% of locations. The firm didn’t provide more detailed breakdowns from their poll.
The data adds to a growing pile of evidence that Apple is struggling to meet the demand for the new iPad mini. The tablet’s low-key online sales launch was followed by the revelation that in-store sales would be limited to orders placed via Apple’s Personal Pickup program, in which customers make their purchase online and pick it up at their local Apple retail store.
Cook previously mentioned it was “unclear” whether the company would have enough stock for the crucial holiday quarter, while marketing chief Phil Schiller promised Apple was “working hard’ to match pace with demand. The tablet’s display has frequently been cited as the source of the drag on supply, with low yield rates from partners Sharp and LG slowing assembly lines.
With the constraint issues aside, the iPad mini with Retina display remains one of the best offerings in the 7 to 8 inch class. Have you picked one up or know someone who has?
Source: Cantor Fitzgerald