Apple Online Stores begin going down ahead of iPad Air launch

Update 2: Shipping times in at least Hong Kong started at 1-2 weeks then quickly to changed to “currently unavailable”.

Update: The Australian Apple Online store and others are back up and listing all iPad Air models as shipping in 24 hours.

Lines have started to form at Apple stores around the world. Send pics of your Apple Store line to Images below.

With Apple’s iPad Air launch about to kick off on the morning of Nov. 1 local time in over 40 countries, Apple has now started taking online stores down around the world to prepare for the launch. That includes Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, Thailand, China, and others, which will be the first regions to get their hands on the device as we roll into tomorrow morning local time in those countries.

Screen+Shot+2013-10-31+at+11.30.46+AMYesterday we reported that iPad Airs had started arriving at Apple Stores and other retailers and that supplies were likely to be plentiful as large stores received as much as 500-1000 units of the device. We also heard that business discounts will be available for the new device on day one, which wasn’t the case in previous years.

Apple will begin selling the iPad Air at 8 a.m. local time Nov. 1 through its Apple retail stores in the following countries:

US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (Wi-Fi models only), Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK

Reviews for the iPad Air, which features an all-new slimmed down design, the 64-bit A7 processor that debuted in the iPhone 5s, and other upgraded internals, have been almost all positive.

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  1. imodminecraft2 . - 9 years ago

    I’m still stuck on deciding if I want the iPad Air 32GB or iPad Mini 2 32GB.

    • I was stuck as well, I’ll go for an iPad Air 32GB because of its lower weight and dimensions than before, also I think iPad Air is better for reading and watching movies when laying ;).

  2. JoeL Thomas (@J18Way) - 9 years ago

    I think there is a minor error, I don’t see the iPad Air being sold in the Thailand Apple store and it’s not even on the list of countries to receive the iPad Air?? Any clarifications?

  3. Kevin Olson - 9 years ago

    Will personal pickup be available when the online store accepts orders at 12:01 PST???

  4. dwisehart - 9 years ago

    Short line at North Michigan Ave Apple store in Chicago. At 7:45 I was maybe number 40 in line. Doors opened at 8 AM and I was out with my new iPad Air by 8:10.


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