Apple’s retail stores have now begun selling the Retina iPad mini to walk-in customers. The device had been previously only available in stores via Personal Pickup online orders. In-store stock of the devices is still severely constrained however, so Personal Pickup is still recommended.
The launch of walk-in sales was noted this morning in a research note from Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, who indicated that a number of New York City stores received shipments designated for walk-in customers last night and this morning.MacRumors has confirmed that walk-in sales are now being offered in some stores, although one store contacted by MacRumors reported that it was still offering only Personal Pickup options.
Apple has updated its iPad retail page to reflect the new development, encouraging them to purchase in-store, instead of specifically via Personal Pickup.
Online orders through the online Apple Store in the U.S. continue to show 5-10 business days as a shipping estimates for all models.