Apple's iPad Air goes on sale, plenty available

The launch of the iPad Air seems to be the complete opposite of the September release of Apple's iPhone 5s.

During that launch, Apple was tight on supplies of its new, high-end iPhone, and not long after the release, the gold version of the device was sold out online and at several store locations.

On the other hand, the iPad Air went on sale Friday morning and there appears to be an ample supply of the tablet.

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The new Apple tablet features the most drastic redesign of the device in two years. The iPad Air features the same look introduced with the iPad mini and weighs in a just one pound, nearly half a pound lighter than its predecessor. The device has also slimmed down from 0.37 inches thick to 0.29 inches.

The iPad Air starts at $499 for a 16 GB model and can be purchased online or in stores. The most expensive model -- a 128 GB model that can connect to LTE cellular networks -- is available for $929.

All models are listed online as available to ship to customers by Nov. 4.

Users can also check the company's website and store app to see the device's availability in Apple Stores, where customers can pick up the device immediately.


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