New iPad Air Receives FCC Approval Ahead of Rumored October 23 Launch

Last month, Apple introduced a new iPad Air with a larger 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display, a faster A14 Bionic chip, and a USB-C port instead of Lightning. It is also the first Apple device to feature Touch ID built into the power button.


Apple says the new iPad Air will be available at some point in October, and ahead of the launch, cellular models of the device have now received the requisite FCC approval in the United States, as alerted to us by MyHealthyApple.com. Wi-Fi models received approval last month.

Apple has yet to provide a specific release date for the new iPad Air, but rumors suggest that the device could launch Friday, October 23, in which case orders could begin as soon as tomorrow. Pricing starts at $599 for Wi-Fi models, while cellular models start at $729, with 64GB and 256GB storage capacities available.

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4 days ago at 09:59 am
I think it's weird that they got the approval after announcing the product.
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4 days ago at 09:35 am
Actually super excited for this moreso than any other Apple product announcement this year.
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4 days ago at 09:36 am
Why did this thing take so long? lol
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4 days ago at 09:56 am


I'm interested in this but only if it's nice to hold. I'm a little scared of those sharp looking corners compared to the curved basic iPad I use right now.

If they are as dig-into-your-hand honed as they are on an iPad pro, your interest will quickly wane.
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4 days ago at 10:37 am


Even if they had to wait a few extra months to launch to get it sorted, it would have been the right thing to do.

That would have been catastrophic for $AAPL.
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4 days ago at 11:51 am


I would imagine the Touch ID will be planned for 2021 model

This model has Touch ID. It’s built into the power switch on the top of the iPad and not on the front of the unit.
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