Best Buy's Canadian Site Lists October 23 Release Date for iPad Air

Apple introduced the iPad Air at its September 15 event and at the time, said that the tablet would launch at some point in October. We're well into October, but Apple hasn't provided more information on when we might be seeing the new ‌iPad Air‌ models.

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Apple's website for the ‌iPad Air‌ still says "Available in October," but Best Buy's Canadian site is listing an October 23 release date, suggesting that the ‌iPad Air‌ could perhaps be available on the same day as the iPhone 12 and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro.

This date is not listed on Best Buy's website in the United States, nor are other retailers providing a release date at this time so it's possible that it's not accurate, but a launch date on the 23rd alongside the new iPhones makes sense. If October 23 is indeed accurate, pre-orders for the ‌iPad Air‌ could potentially be made available this Friday.

The fourth-generation ‌iPad Air‌ models feature an edge-to-edge display and the same A14 chip that's in the new iPhones, which could be why Apple is holding off on the ‌iPad Air‌ launch and waiting until the new iPhones become available. Apple may have wanted to prevent details about the A14 chip from leaking out before the ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup was introduced, as the company typically introduces new chips in iPhones, not iPads.

Apple's new ‌iPad Air‌ models come in five colors that include rose gold, green, blue, space gray, and silver, and pricing starts at $599.

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Top Rated Comments

Caliber26 Avatar
13 months ago
I really, really want this iPad but the long gap between announcement and release is making me realize that buying a new Air would be overkill for my casual use.

The 128GB 8th-gen is looking a better value with each passing day, and if it had a laminated display I would have settled for it already.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
James Godfrey Avatar
13 months ago

Yeah it’s pointless I think the air, it’s a product for kids, the pro has promotion faceid slimmer bezels and is cheaper on some sites
Plus if you look at it logically, based off the standard iPad which is £100 more to go from 64GB to 128GB, if you were to take the current iPP 128GB and shave £100 off it to get an idea of price if it was available in 64GB, it would be £669, a mere £90 more than the baseline iPad Air, and for that you are getting everything upgraded except the chip which will likely perform better in multi core anyway.

I really think the iPad Air should have been priced at 499 to make it a good buy especially with only 64GB storage.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsmilo Avatar
13 months ago
so strange how this was announced like a month before the iPhone which takes pre-orders tomorrow and this does not even have an official release date.

I kind of want it because the battery on my 10.5 iPad Pro has taken a big hit (its at 81% capacity) but on the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be expensive enough, especially in those uncertain COVID-19 times
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kylo83 Avatar
13 months ago

Cannot wait!!!
IPad Pro is better get 2018 one cheap, promotion is worth it and faceid

I would tell everyone it’s better to go for the 2018 pro with 120hz and faceid
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joeblow7777 Avatar
13 months ago
Another thing to consider is that retailer sites are frequently just plain wrong. They use placeholder dates and sometimes just guess or infer. Not saying this is the case here, because I think that date is a safe bet, but it's entirely possible that whoever manages their site just saw that date online like the rest of us and took it to be official. There's already been stories here about retail sites reporting dates for the Air 4 that have obviously proven wrong.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iBug2 Avatar
13 months ago
This is what I guessed that the iPad Air will not ship before the first iPhone with A14.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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