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iPad Air Supplies Expected to Be Plentiful at Launch With In-Store Pickup Available

When Apple launches orders for the iPad Air on Friday, November 1, the company will reportedly accept requests for Personal Pickup, according to a source who notified MacRumors about Apple's plans.

With Personal Pickup, prospective buyers can reserve an iPad Air online beginning at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and pick it up at a nearby Apple retail location later that same day without waiting in line.

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Launch day availability of Personal Pickup is unusual for Apple, as the company did not offer the choice for the iPad 2, the last tablet that was offered without pre-orders. Apple also did not initially offer in-store pickup of the iPhone 5c, despite the fact that supplies of the phone were readily available.

Though Apple has elected not to accept pre-orders for the iPad Air, it appears that supplies of the tablet are plentiful, with no significant shortages expected. And while supplies of the iPad Air do not appear to be constrained, the same cannot be said for Apple's Retina iPad mini. The tablet, which does not yet have a solid release date, may not be widely available until early 2014.

Revealed last Tuesday, the new iPad Air weighs in at a pound and is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than Apple's previous fourth-generation iPad. Along with a Retina display, it includes an A7 processor, an M7 motion coprocessor, and a 5-megapixel rear camera.

Available in white/silver and black/space gray, the iPad Air begins at $499 for the entry-level 16 GB Wi-Fi only model with a $100 price increase for additional storage options up to 128 GB and an extra $129 for comparable cellular models.

While online orders will be accepted beginning at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time in the United States and at varying times in other countries, Apple retail locations will open at 8 a.m. local time in the U.S. and other countries in Europe and Asia to begin in-store sales.

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25 weeks ago

The name annoys me. They took an iPad and made it lighter, thinner and faster, which they should do every couple years to begin with.


The name implies an impending iPad Pro product which will exist alongside the iPad Air product line.
Rating: 14 Positives
25 weeks ago
I'm skipping model this and waiting for the iPad with TouchID. Anyone else on the same boat?
Rating: 13 Positives
25 weeks ago

The name annoys me. They took an iPad and made it lighter, thinner and faster, which they should do every couple years to begin with.


You're not entitled to a lighter and thinner device. Apple does it to innovate not to piss you off with a name. Ever think there will be a pro version?
Rating: 10 Positives
25 weeks ago

I'm skipping model this and waiting for the iPad with TouchID. Anyone else on the same boat?


No. This iPad is much lighter than previous iPads. It's a much better upgrade than when they add a Touch ID.
Rating: 9 Positives
25 weeks ago
The name annoys me. They took an iPad and made it lighter, thinner and faster, which they should do every couple years to begin with.
Rating: 9 Positives
25 weeks ago
(OLD OLD) New iPad, the (OLD) New iPad, the iPad Air. Honestly I think the market is saturated with 'New' iPads right now. Apple has kind of lost their way with a fragmented line of iPads. C'mon retire the iPad 2!
Rating: 9 Positives
25 weeks ago

Why stop when they are making profit? Are you crazy?


Because the iPad 2 is a dog compared to any of the other models. Apple is a quality brand; the mentality used to be that it didn't matter what Apple product you bought, as it would always be something that would last and was always fairly updated compared to last year's model.

This is nothing short of exploiting consumers who are paying far too much for a product that should arguably already be obsolete. I genuinely can't see how they can justify this pricing for an iPad 2. Apple claim to only sell products they'd use themselves. Say what you want, but Ive/Cook would be tearing their hair out if they were stuck with an iPad 2 as their only tablet.
Rating: 6 Positives
25 weeks ago
I will definitely be picking one of these up.
Rating: 5 Positives
25 weeks ago
Hurray, if only it was available in the UK 😔
Rating: 5 Positives
25 weeks ago

The name annoys me. They took an iPad and made it lighter, thinner and faster, which they should do every couple years to begin with.


'Ladies and gentlemen, the marketing department!'

*Applause*
Rating: 5 Positives

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