iPad Air 2 Release Date: New Apple tablet on sale now

The iPad Air 2 release date is upon us, with Apple’s new Touch ID-packing tablet available to buy now through a range of high street retailers.

With Apple having formally unveiled the new 9.7-inch device last week, the iPad Air 2 is now available for purchase. Although the Cupertino-based company failed to hand its latest slate a precise launch date, retailer John Lewis recently confirmed it would stock the Air 2 from today, October 22.

What’s more, in a bit to let eager customers get their hands on the tablet as early as possible, the retailer flung open its doors an hour early this morning to meet the expected demand.

“Once again, Apple fever has hit the nation and we have decided to

open selected stores at 8am tomorrow as we anticipate customer demand

for these tablets will be huge,” Will Jones, John Lewis’ Tablets Buyer said yesterday.

“We predict that

the gold versions of both will be the biggest sellers as until now iPads

have only been available in white and silver. Stock will be tight so we

recommend Apple fans buy early to avoid missing out.”

Having been formally unveiled alongside the iPad mini 3, Apple’s sixth-generation tablet is officially available for purchase alongside its smaller sibling.

In a busy week for the iPhone 6 maker, the iPad Air 2 will launch alongside the new iPad mini just days after the arrival of the iMac with 5K Retina display.

Ensuring there’s an option to suit your needs, Apple is offering 18 different iPad Air 2 configurations.

With the tablet set to be made available in three colour schemes – silver, space grey and a new gold option – it will also be offered with Wi-Fi only or with Wi-Fi plus 4G, and in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage capacities.

A moderate improvement on last year’s iPad Air, the new tablet adds a powerful A8X processor alongside the formerly iPhone-exclusive Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

iPad Air 2 pricing is a familiar affair with the 16GB Wi-Fi model kicking things off at just £399. Costs go up to £659 for the 128GB Wi-Fi plus 4G option.

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