ipad-miniThe Retina iPad mini, safe to say, is probably one of the more anticipated tablets of 2013. Given the success of the original iPad mini, we can only imagine that bundled with a Retina display, how much popular it would be. Well it turns out that it is popular, unsurprisingly, but popular enough to the extent where carriers are reporting that they are facing some shortages when it comes to Retina iPad mini stock, especially those that support cellular data. This is according to CNET who reports that carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are seeing estimated shipping dates slip to December.

Interestingly enough, if one were to place their order via Apple’s website, the shipping times aren’t as bad, so perhaps these carriers did not place enough orders to begin with. Alternatively it could also be a sign that there might be some production issues with the Retina iPad mini like we had heard about in the past, where LCD burn-in and low yields could be what is hindering the supply of the tablet to eager customers. Given that Apple had reportedly cut production of its iPhone 5c in favor of the iPhone 5s, might Apple consider something similar with the Retina iPad mini and the iPad Air as well?

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