Apple seems to be really loving the Asian region as once again, it will be simultaneously launching its newly-announced iPad Air in the US and certain Asian countries — namely China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. The ultra-thin tablet will be available in the aforementioned markets by November 1.
Japan has been an Apple-dominated market for the past few years, with consumers lining up at Apple stores days before the actual release. The new products announced at their press event earlier this morning are sure to pique the curiosity of Japan’s gadget-obsessed geeks. The iPad Air is large and much thinner & lighter (apparently, it’s the same width as a standard pencil) than the previous full-scale iPads. The iPad Mini now has retina display and faster processors, while the new Mac Pro, still looking like a black cylinder trash can, now comes with an increase in power and a decrease in battery consumption. The former will also be available by November 1, but those dreaming of the latter will have to wait until December to drop their hard-earned yen on the powerful desktop machine.
Pricing for the iPad Air WiFi begins at ¥51,800 for the 16GB model, with the 32GB at ¥61,800, the 64GB at ¥71,800, and the 128GB at ¥81,800. Meanwhile, the WiFi version of the iPad Mini with retina will be available at these prices: 16GB for ¥41,900, 32GB for ¥51,800, 64GB for ¥61,800, and 128GB for ¥71,800. There is still no pricing information available for the LTE cellular models, which will be from carriers KDDI and Softbank, and there’s no word yet if Docomo will be carrying the new iPads, as they only recently started offering iPhones for their subscriber base.
[ via Tech in Asia ]