Despite what some considered to be an outrageous price tag, demand for the iPad mini continues to outstrip supply. But the good news is, availability of the tablet is finally starting to improve.

Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement that the mini will be landing in China on December 14, shoppers have noticed that estimated shipping times on the slate have dropped to one week…

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple’s web store is now showing ‘Available to ship’ times of one week for the iPad mini. This is the first time we’ve seen mini shipping estimates below 2 weeks since launch.

As you can see in the above image, the 1 week ship date goes for all models, regardless of color or size. The pic was taken of the US store, but we’re seeing the same thing in Canada and other countries.

Obviously, Apple has fixed whatever problem it’s been having in its supply chain, as iPhone 5 availability has also recently improved. Shipping times for the popular handset are now between 2-4 days.

What’s iPad mini availability look like in your neck of the woods?

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Well I just can’t wait till I buy one soon! Been waiting for availability to improve!

    Apart from having an iPhone since the 3G came out, and having my MacBook Pro for a year now, the iPad Mini has made me VERY eager to get one! The full-size iPad is just too big, my wife’s mother has one, but when I personally went to the Apple Store to try this out, good lord it was amazing!

  • Lordthree

    My estimation went from the 21st to the 17tg. Not exactly a ‘week’ but I’ll take it!

    • you can walk in any store and get one now…lol no retina of course..

      • Bill Borque

        None available anywhere in the Chicago area. All retailers are sold out. That’s Apple Stores, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Radio Shack, eveyone. There is no stock of iPad Mini 16gb or 32gb WiFi only anywhere. Some stores have the 64Gb.

  • Thats the only downside – you have to pay $100 for an extra 16GB… everyone knows you can pick up a 16GB Microsd for about $12 so yea

    • micro SDs are slower and the tablets they work with are all lame android POSs