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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Top Rated Comments

redscull Avatar
135 months 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.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TimeSquareDesi Avatar
135 months ago
I'm skipping model this and waiting for the iPad with TouchID. Anyone else on the same boat?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Klae17 Avatar
135 months 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?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbeagle Avatar
135 months 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.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joejoejoe Avatar
135 months 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.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
weaverra Avatar
135 months 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!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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