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Apple’s Online Stores Going Offline Ahead of iPad Air Release

by Jacob Kleinman | October 31, 2013October 31, 2013 10:30 am PDT

With the iPad Air set to launch at Apple Stores around the world starting tomorrow morning, the company’s online stores are beginning to go offline, 9to5Mac reports. While many webpages including the U.S. online store are still accessible, Apple fans in China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and a number of other countries will instead be greeted by a message that the site will be back soon following an update.

The redesigned 9.7-inch iPad will be available to purchase in-store starting at 8 a.m. Apple is also expected to offer in-store pickup for customers who pay online in order to skip the line when they arrive, and online sales will likely become available soon after midnight PST tonight. Here’s the full list of countries included in the first wave of the iPad Air’s launch:

US, 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 and the UK

The iPad Air comes equipped with a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536-pixel Retina display at 264 ppi, an A7 64-bit chip, an M7 motion coprocessor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing FaceTime camera and runs iOS 7 out of the box. Apple’s new tablet comes in Silver or Space Gray and starts at $499 for Wi-Fi only or $629 with a data plan.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...