October 24, 2013
Apple has made it official. The iPad Air will go on sale at 8 a.m. local time at Apple retail stores on Friday, Nov. 1., according to its website. On a typical day, Apple retail stores open one hour later. Cupertino has not yet announced when online iPad Air sales will begin. However, new iOS devices are usually available to order beginning at 12:01 Pacific time. For example, this was the time iPhone 5s online sales began in September. The 9.7-inch iPad Air, Apple’s fifth-generation tablet, includes an A7 processor and M7 coprocessor, and is much thinner than the previous model. It is also lighter, weighing just 1 pound. The iPad Air with Wi-Fi models will be available in silver or space gray. It is priced exactly the same as previous models: $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model, and $799 for the 128GB model. The iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular is priced at $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model, $829 for the 64GB model, and $929 for the 128GB model. The tablet will be sold through apple.com, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Starting on November 1, the iPad Air will be available in the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (Wi-Fi models only), Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The new iPad mini with Retina display launches later in November.