With a surprisingly lack of pomp, the iPad Mini With Retina, announced last month is now available to buy online from the Apple UK Store.

The Mini With Retina is the second generation of iPad Mini with an upgrades Retina display and faster processor.Starting at £319.00 for the 16GB WiFi only model, the iPad Mini With Retina comes in Silver or Space Grey (the new black) and climbs all the way up to £659 for the 128GB 4G version.

ipad mini with retina model options

The WiFi only models show as dispatching in 1-3 business days, while the 4G models have a longer 5-10 business days.

At the initial launch event Apple merely said “later in November” as far as an availability date, so to have it simply become available online without further notification is unusual. Some are inferring this is a deliberate move by Apple to keep the release low-key due to restricted availability. While I agree it will probably be hard to get hold of the Mini With Retina for a while, Apple tend to ramp up supply just in time to prevent consumer frustration making a serious media impact.