iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Now Available In Stores via Personal Pickup

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    Apple's new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have begun hitting retail stores, as we reported earlier, and the tablets are now available for in-store pickup for a limited number of retail locations that have received shipments. It appears that in-store availability is limited to Wi-Fi only tablets at this time.

    Many stores on the east coast of the United States are showing wide availability of both tablets as stores receive shipments and unpack boxes. Availability on the west coast is still limited as it is earlier in the day and stores are not yet prepared to begin retail sales.

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    Apple store employees appear to be unaware that stores are receiving stock today, as several phone calls placed by MacRumors resulted in responses suggesting the tablets would not arrive in stores until later in the week or early next week.

    The iPad Air 2 is still showing shipping estimates of two to four days when ordered online, and some rumors have suggested that supplies are limited, which explains the tablet's quiet in-store release. At announcement, Apple declined to state when the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 would be available in retail stores.

    Apple's iPad mini 3, meanwhile, appears to be available in greater supply, displaying shipping estimates of 24 hours. iPad mini 3 pricing starts at $399 for the entry-level model, while iPad Air 2 pricing starts at $499.

    While the iPad mini 3 received only Touch ID and a gold color option, the iPad Air 2 has seen significant updates including a thinner design, a new "gapless" display, an anti-reflective coating, 2GB of RAM, an A8X processor, and an upgraded 8-megapixel camera.

    Article Link: iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Now Available In Stores via Personal Pickup
     
  2. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Really wanted an upgrade to iPad mini. Oh well. Maybe next year.
     
  3. lotzosushi macrumors 6502

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    Patiently waiting for UPS to deliver mine tomorrow. :D
     
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    are the cellular models available in store as well, or is it just the wifi model?
     
  5. penajmz macrumors 68040

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    Seems is only Wifi models for now. Cellular versions say "Coming soon" when you check for pick up.
     
  6. muzzymate macrumors member

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    Wish the same could be said about the iPhone 6s.
     
  7. jarred125 macrumors 6502a

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    I might roll by the local Apple store and see what they look like. All in stock there.
     
  8. andrewr.0512 macrumors newbie

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    iPad Air 2 Pre-Order

    I pre-ordered my iPad Air 2 in Gold 64GB. I just received it and my first impression is "WOW!":apple:
     
  9. Jeff Flowerday macrumors regular

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    You want to preorder a year ahead of time for pickup in the store?
     
  10. SonicSoundVW macrumors regular

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    whew, glad my model is still unavailable. lol

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  11. MacFather macrumors 6502a

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    the iPad hype is over, its a declining business
     
  12. its93rc macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, plus it's not a device the general public upgrades every year.
     
  13. OC40 macrumors 6502

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    Patiently waiting for UPS to deliver mine today!
     
  14. rtdunham macrumors 6502a

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    >>"Apple store employees appear to be unaware that stores are receiving stock today..."<<

    Two different staffers at the International Mall store in Tampa told me they were in but wouldn't be on the floor til later in the day. They knew. They had the new retina iMac on display, too. (Unfortunately it had no high-res photos on it other than the screen saver, so not able to judge...)

    They did a great job answering a couple questions I had about iPhone 6/Yosemite/iOS 8.1 functions. Improved usability for me in several ways.:) A rewarding visit, as usual.
     
  15. maclove4life macrumors regular

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    hmm ic ic...shouldn't this be like iPhone 6/plus? make it more availability?
    i don't think iPad is selling as much as iPad 1-2/

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    i love iPad...but yes...probably business people/medical people might still use it...
     
  16. agsystems macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks - picking up this up right now - Just gazelled my Air and only have to come up with 250 out of pocket.

    Thanks Apple for having such a high resale value.

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    Sure - if only this was a 20 billion dollar business. oh wait..:p
     
  17. macduke macrumors G3

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    Does anyone know what retailers in the US will have stock today? Going to go check after work.
     
  18. OC40 macrumors 6502

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    KMart.
     
  19. agsystems macrumors 6502a

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    Do a fake order online or on your iPhone and plug in your zip code to see
     
  20. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

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    Meh, I'll wait for the holiday sales and trade in my iPad2. :)
     
  21. Teste macrumors 6502

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    So, the iPhone 6 had Call Gate and Bend Gate.

    ApplePay had Pay Gate.

    The Mac Mini had the Down Gate.

    I wonder what will be the iPad's thing. Battery Gate?
     
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  23. maclove4life macrumors regular

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    lol.
     
  24. Mufasa804 macrumors regular

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    Apple Store in Chicago (Michigan Ave) has confirmed stock! No cellular models as of yet though.
     
  25. CrazyForApple macrumors 6502a

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    I will be waiting until next year for a new iPad, I want a new design change.
     

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