Apple online stores going down ahead of iPad Air launch

Apple’s iPad Air is set to launch on the morning November 1 local time in over 40 countries and we’re beginning to see Apple’s online stores being taken down in some countries ahead of the launch. Stores taken down are on those in the East that will be able to order the iPad Air first including China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and more.

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Online stores should be live again in time for online orders to be taken. It is expected that online orders will be possible from 12:01am local time with in-store sales beginning at 8am local time in most locations.

Below is a list of countries in the iPad Air initial rollout:

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, the UK, and the USA

Stock of the iPad Air is said to be plentiful with Apple Stores receiving upwards of 500 units of the new device. If this is true, it is reasonable to assume that the online stores will be well stocked too meaning it shouldn’t be too difficult to get your hands on a new iPad Air.

Will you be ordering your new iPad Air online or collecting in person?

Via: 9to5Mac

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  • Kevin Olson

    I hope I can order at 12:01 and then head to the store at a decent time. Lining up at 5am again like I did for the iPhone 5s is not something I really want to do again.