For those who have been eagerly awaiting the chance to lay their hands on the brand new iPad Air, the day is finally here. Apple has started shipping the new 9.7 inch tablet in 42 countries worldwide with the process to begin first in Australia, while Americans will get to place their orders about 10 hours later. Also, unlike its smaller sibling, there is word of Apple having enough stock of the tablet to help it tide over the holiday shopping boom. Prices start at $499, which will fetch one the base 16 GB Wi-Fi only version of iPad Air. Similarly, the cellular version starts at $629 with 16 GB of internal memory. The top of the line model will cost $929 for the LTE 128 GB version. Deliveries start on Nov 4.
Also, Apple launched the new iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 last week. The iPad Air marks the first time it has been provided with a through design makeover. The side bezels are narrower like the iPad Mini, while the overall size of the device itself has shrunk a bit. Apple also managed to stave off quite a bit of heft off the device so that it now weighs under a pound. Likewise, performance has gone up several notches thanks to the new 64 bit A7 chip inducted at its core. Apple is claiming a two-fold improvement in both CPU and graphic performance over its predecessor powered by the A6X chip. There is also a bigger battery incorporated inside the device which Apple claims will allow for 10 hours of usage. As for the choice of colors, there are the ‘silver and white’ and ‘black and gray’ combinations to choose from.
Unfortunately, while things seem to be well sorted out with the iPad Air, that is not the case with the new iPad Mini 2. Apple is yet to officially announce a firm release date, though unconfirmed sources maintain it to be around end November.