The iPad mini is a hot item that is tough to find in stores, and will only be harder to find as the holiday shopping season heats up, but with a free service it’s easy to find an iPad mini in stock at a local store.
The wait for an iPad mini from Apple is two weeks, but users can find one in store at a local Apple Store or at a big box retailer without calling half-a-dozen stores every morning.
Apple allows users to reserve an iPad mini, and a free local search tool called Milo can find an iPad mini in stock at a local store.
How to Find an iPad mini at an Apple Store
Users that are near an Apple Store can reserve an iPad mini for pickup, which is the easiest way to buy an iPad mini from a local store. Apple allows iPad mini shoppers to log on to Apple.com after 10 PM local time to reserve an iPad mini for the next day at a local Apple Store.
The reservation only works if the store has an iPad mini in stock, but users can pick from several stores to find an iPad mini. This is the best way to get an iPad mini at a local store if it will take some time to drive to the store. By reserving the iPad mini users are guaranteed an iPad mini, even if another shopper comes in to try to buy one.
How to Find an iPad mini in stock at a Local Store
On Milo.com or with the free Milo app for iPhone and Android, users can search local stores like Target, Best Buy, Radio Shack and others for the iPad mini. The iPad mini is tough to find in stock, but in cities with several retailers GottaBeMobile was able to find an iPad mini in stock.
Check out our iPad mini review for more information on Apple’s new 7.9-inch iPad that starts at $329 with WiFi only. The WiFi + Cellular model with 4G LTE on Sprint, Verizon and AT&T ships in mid-November.