Apple's online stores in Asia-Pacific region and Australia now start taking iPad Air orders that will ship within 24 hours. However, iPad Air is currently unavailable at Hong Kong store. These stores went offline earlier today ahead of iPad Air launch.
Apple has to start the launch of all new iPad Air tablet on November 1st in more than 40 countries. Ahead of the iPad Air launch, many Apple online stores started going offline. These include Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, Thailand, China, and others. Those region stores will go offline first that will receive the device first in the morning of November 1st. However, Apple online stores in Australia, China (Wi-Fi models only), Japan, and Singapore are now back online. iPad Air is now available on these online stores for shipment within 24 hours.
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However, Apple's Hong Kong store first reveals that it will ship iPad Air within 1-2 weeks after being back online. But this listing is now changed to “currently unavailable”.
9to5Mac already reports that "Apple will begin selling the iPad Air at 8 a.m. local time Nov. 1 through its Apple retail stores in the following countries: 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."
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All of the Apple's online stores are currently online around the world. But like the Asian and some other stores, its European stores will also go offline later today for some time ahead of the launch. These will prepare to take orders and then come back online like Asian stores. North America will follow same rule many hours later according to its local time. iPad Air orders will go live in the U.S. and Canada at 12:01 AM Pacific Time, according to MacRumors.