When the iPad Air launches this Friday, Nov. 1, consumers will reportedly have the option to purchase the device online and pick it up in store. According to sources speaking with MacRumors, prospective buyers will be able to purchase the iPad Air online promptly at 12:01 a.m Pacific Time, and then choose the Personal Pickup option to go get it in store later that day. Supplies are expected to be healthy during launch, which is why the option is allegedly being offered from the outset.
Curiously, Apple elected not to offer pre-orders following the iPad Air’s announcement last week. Apple is typically a bit finicky with pre-orders anyway, but this latest rumor at least suggests supplies will be bountiful from the beginning. Unfortunately, with a nebulous release attached to the iPad mini with Retina, it doesn’t appear supplies for that tablet will be readily available during launch in November. This holiday season may prove to be difficult for Apple with supplies of its iPhone 5s also expected to be tight.
The new iPad Air is a re-imagining of Apple’s most famous tablet, with a thinner design. Inside, the device sports a new A7 chip, M7 co-processor and 5-megapixel camera—all that for the same entry price of $499. Apple locations will open up this Friday at 8 a.m., though it’s unclear how soon you’ll be able to pick your device up if you choose the Personal Pickup option.