October 31, 2013
Lending further credence to earlier news of "plentiful" supplies of the iPad Air, a new report now claims that Apple Retail Stores and resellers around the world have begun receiving large quantities of the device ahead of its launch on Friday, Nov. 1. According to 9to5Mac:
At Apple Stores, we’ve heard that multiple large stores across the United States have already received upwards of 500-1000 units of the iPad Air, indicating that the supply of the new tablet will likely be plentiful at launch. We’ve heard similar from resellers of iPads internationally with some chains indicating that they will have a solid number of iPad Airs on tap for Friday. These stores say even more supply is promised for the next couple of weeks…In addition, Apple is reportedly planning on offering its Personal Pickup option at its stores on Friday. This option allows buyers to place online orders for the iPad Air starting at 12:01 a.m. PT, 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. Lighter, thinner, and faster than any of its predecessors, 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. Early reviews of the iPad air mostly praise the tablet's form factor, power, and battery life.