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Apple iPad Air goes on sale worldwide; No news on iPad Mini 2 release

Apple’s iPad Air has gone on sale around the world as 42 countries received the device with the availability of the iPad Mini 2 still unknown.

The device went on sale at midnight via the online store in each territory with CNET reporting lines that were “several hundred deep” in Sydney, the first Apple retail store to get the device.

Crowd control barriers were absent at the launch and the interest in the new tablet device is less than what was present when Apple released two versions of the iPhone in September.

When it comes to online sales in the UK, every version of the iPad Air is available with 24-hour dispatch apart from the 128GB Wi-Fi and cellular version that has a dispatch time of five to 10 business days.

It’s the same story in most other territories except for Hong Kong where it has completely sold out and observers have put the availability down to the high amount of inventory available both in retail stores and for the online store.

Last November Apple sold three million iPads over the first three days, double the amount it shifted when the third version of the iPad was launched back in March 2012, and numbers could hit similar levels this time round.

The iPad Mini 2, meanwhile, still doesn’t have a definite release date with the only clue being a leaked release date of 21 November by US retailer Target last week, which puts it bang in line to be the must have tablet device this Christmas.

Both new iPads come with Apple’s new A7 64-bit processor that is supplemented by an M7 coprocessor to make it the company’s quickest tablet device to date. The new iPad Mini is the first the feature a retina display and delays in sourcing the display panels has led Apple to caution that the product will be in short supply when released.