“Another unofficial web tracker for checking the availability of Retina iPad mini models at Apple’s U.S. retail locations has surfaced, providing help to those attempting to purchase the supply-constrained device,” Richard Padilla reports for MacRumors.
“Obscurely hosted on marine life conservation website Seaturtle.org, the website offers a grid view of inventory checks of each Retina iPad Mini model for every Apple Retail Store in the United States, displaying a green, red, or white box for availability, unavailability, or non-checked information, respectively,” Padilla reports. “For model/location combinations that have not recently been checked, users are able to click on the cell content to update the data and check nearby stores. Users can also register for email notifications when specific models become available for pickup at their local stores”
More info in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Use it while it lasts.
God forbid that Apple customers have a useful retail store tracking system for products Apple can’t produce quickly enough. We’re not exactly sure what Apple’s thinking is here. Apple used to provide official product trackers for their retail stores. Perhaps it’s a legal issue? Were they getting sued by people for gas used to get to a store that ran out of the specific Apple product they were after during their trip or something?
Regardless, we thought Apple was supposed to make things easier for their customers, not more difficult. What part of ‘iPad Availability Tracker’ doesn’t Apple understand?
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