November 1, 2013
Apple has just taken down its flagship online store in anticipation of a slew of orders from customers raring to get the iPad Air, which is set to officially launch in the U.S. in just a few moments. The company is expected to open its virtual doors for online orders for its new full-size tablet starting at 12:01 a.m. PT. It's also expected to offer its Personal Pickup option, which allows buyers to place online orders and then pick them at Apple Retail Stores on the same day without having to wait in line. Apple Retail Stores are set to open at 8 a.m. local time in the U.S. and other launch countries. In many countries with time zones ahead of that of the U.S., the iPad Air was already launched online and in retail stores earlier today. Reports suggest that the iPad Air come in "plentiful" supplies, with Apple Retail Stores and resellers around the world having received large quantities of the device ahead of its launch. The iPad Air comes in silver or space gray color options and starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $629 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. In addition to the 16GB storage capacity, the device is available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. Lighter, thinner, and faster than any of its predecessors, the iPad Air has received mostly positive reviews, many of which have praised the tablet's form factor, power, and battery life. Are you getting an iPad Air today?