Apple iPad Air gets November 8th release date on U.S. Cellular
Also on Friday, a couple of less familiar regional carriers, Bluegrass Cellular and C Spire, announced their intentions to carry the 9.7 inch Apple iPad Air. No precise launch date was given, although customers of the four U.S. major carriers will get first crack at the tablet. Both Bluegrass and CSpire said the slab would arrive in the coming weeks. Neither of the two would disclose their pricing for the monthly service although CSpire did promise that it would launch the tablet "with a range of attractive data plans". If CSpire were to use its data only LTE plans, 1GB would be $20 a month, 3GB would be priced at $30 monthly and $50 a month would nab you 5GB.
The Apple iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular is priced at $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, $829 for 64GB and $929 for 128GB, and buyers have a choice of Space Gray or Silver.
source: BluegrassCellular, CSpire, U.S.Cellular via SlashGear (1), (2)
1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Am I the only one who finds it funny that Apple is using the term "Retina" on their iPad Air yet the Airs display doesn't even break the 300ppi barrier....something the N10 did back in 2012
4. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
TBH Apple is still stuck in 2012. Sure they have a great new processor, but the rest of their specs are way outdated, and their new OS is basically IOS 6 with a (in my opinion) uglier skin layered on top.
5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Not trying to be a troll, but when Apple release a new iPhone or new iPad, Apple fans will still buy it, does this mean that Apple fans love outdated specs? Even Steve Wozniak isn't interested on the iPad Air.
6. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Yep, some Apple fans can still justify the high price of an iPhone despite it having a sub-HD screen, massive bezels, 1 gb ram and a way outdated OS. The Woz is right passing on the iPad Air. Though I reckon he should take a second look at the Mini 2.
9. bucky (Posts: 1703; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Or maybe at this point the specs are gimmick and you guys are the sheep.
13. dranis6 (Posts: 8; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)
Steve Wozniak is a bitter old hack who hates on apple because he bought out too early.
3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I have a feeling the full-size iPads aren't going to sell well at all. The iPad Minis are going to eclipse their sales.
7. JMartin22 (Posts: 1513; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
The iPad's name is appropriate. It's basically filled with hot air. I would just purchase a cheaper iPad 3 or 4 online somewhere. The new chip doesn't really matter all that much; as the A5X and A6X are more than capable of running apps on iOS.
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9674; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I rather get an iPad Air solely based on the thinner profile, A7 chip, and the fact that it would receive all of the new features in iOS 8 while all other models would be stripped of several. This would be my perspective if I was buying an iPad for the first time.
11. darkkjedii (Posts: 14155; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Makes sense to me Smurf, but then again we are techies, unlike others. +1
12. JMartin22 (Posts: 1513; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
You're a moron, not a techie.
Also, as for a more thin profile, I'd rather save over $100 than have it a few millimetres thinner, such a change is insignificant. The A7 chip can also be eschewed as well, as it won't be appropriately taken advantage of within a year's time anyway, which would lead up to the A8 anyway.
The A6 is more than capable for the time being.
Now what would have made me buy this iPad, instead of sticking with the old ones is if:
- They improved the battery life rating
- Put more than one gig of RAM
- Actually improved the camera optics and shooting capabilities
- Put a more efficient display semi-conductor for energy conservation, instead of using the same crap for years.
Seriously, the only thing new about this is the graphics processor. It's so "meticulously" dumb how they get away with price skimming and they have idiots above me like this man thinking they're getting something "New" or "top of the line"; Apple's not stupid, they have marketing down masterfully.
10. darkkjedii (Posts: 14155; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
This was a shocker. Credit PA user JunitoNH.