After months of limited supplies of Apple’s newest and smallest tablet, the iPad mini is finally up to consumer demand and is available to ship immediately from Apple online stores.
While the popularity of the iPad mini has been a great boom for Apple’s business, the smaller sized tablet as been a thorn in the side of the, normally well-planned, company. It seems that constraints from suppliers made it impossible for the iPad maker to keep up with orders.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors in a recent quarterly earnings call that the iPad mini could have sold even more of the 7.9-inch tablet if supplier constraints weren’t an issue.
The iPad mini was off to a rocky start. When the tablet launched in October, the wait time was minimum of two weeks. By December, the shipping time dropped to one week. About two weeks ago, Apple was able to reduce wait time to 3-5 business days. It wasn’t until yesterday afternoon that the iPad mini was listed as “In Stock” and ready to ship from Apple online stores.
This news is on the heels of rumors that Apple is planning to launch a second-generation iPad mini that features the missing Retina display screen. However, analysts recently predicted the mini wouldn’t get revised until later this year due to supply limitations.