iPad Air 2 silver flat

Apple’s Online Store went down for more than three hours earlier this morning as the Cupertino firm was gearing up to start accepting pre-orders for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Lo and behold, Apple has now begun accepting pre-orders for the new tablets from customers in 29 countries and territories.

Additional global availability is due in the coming months. Interestingly enough, U.S. carrier AT&T started accepting pre-orders for the new tablets ahead of Apple. If you’re interested, head over to the Online Apple Store and make your reservation for one of the new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 models.

Apple promised to start shipping these “later next week”.

Estimated delivery times for both new tablets: 2-4 business days.

To pre-order the iPad Air 2 from Apple, go here.

The iPad mini 3 pre-orders are available at this link.

The first wave of pre-orders includes the following countries: The United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Later this month the tablets will hit Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and other markets around the world, with additional global availability in the coming months.

In addition to Apple’s own online and retail stores, they’re also selling iPads through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless in the United State, as well as additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

The iPad mini 3 received a disappointingly modest upgrade yesterday in the form of Touch ID and gold colorway and is available for $399/$499/$599 for 16/64/128GB varieties. The device literally shares the same innards as the previous-generation iPad mini 2, which is now a $100 cheaper and starts at $299.

They’re also keeping the original iPad mini around starting at $249. Note that these prices are for Wi-Fi models so you’ll need to add an extra $130 if you need 4G LTE cellular connectivity.

  • pham

    Just pre-ordered mine. Upgrading from an iPad 2.

    • Same here. Upgraded from a very slow and sluggish (yet still functional) iPad 3:

  • dawaske

    any word on when I can buy the new air in the store?

    • As soon as Apple starts shipping new tablets “later next week”

  • AMB_07

    No Thanks, I’m buying an iPad Air 1 32GB good price for essentially the same thing 😀

    • It’s not the same thing, it doesn’t have touch ID and isn’t as powerful as the iPad Air and there is also differences with the camera (you’ll look like an idiot doing it but can record 1080p video).

      • AMB_07

        It is to me. I don’t care about the tablet’s back camera (in fact I wish there was an option to NOT have it), Touch ID is nothing important to me (and yes I did try it before), also it is a modest upgrade so really the processor isn’t that much more powerful.

      • Fair enough. I’m just saying there’s very noticeable differences (although perhaps not enough to make iPad Air owners upgrade). If none of these appeal to you then there’s nothing wrong with that…

      • Vince Reedy

        Have you used one yet? I’m curious what the noticeable differences are that you are aware of.

      • Blip dude

        As an iPad Air 1 owner, the only noticable difference I see (for the moment at least), is the thiness. That being said, thinner and the option for 64GB at the price of 32GB are the only 2 reasons why I would upgrade. I’ll see how things turn out, but so far it’s looking like a no!!

    • archer14

      LOL the Air 2 is 40% faster than the Air 1.

  • Fanboy 

    No upgrades for AT&T directly from the Apple website? Only showing option to purchase at full price.

  • Harold

    nothing revolutionary here…. it does the same as my ipad air. except touch id…. which i don’t care about. I thought they were going to put an 4k display…. or real multitasking. who the hell take pics with their ipad? I’ve never used the ipad camera for anything!!!! hopefully next year’s ipad will bring something OUTSTANDING…. i hope so

    • archer14

      next years ipad will give you a BJ, for sure. Jokes aside, the air 2 is 40% faster than the 1, you dork.

      • Harold

        Uhhhmmmm. Not enough to drop another 600 bucks to buy it. My air only has 3 months of use and its fast enough. It wouldnt be a bad idea to get BJ not gonna have to worry about stds. 🙂

      • Sunny

        buying it just for a small speed bump? stupid af

    • rockdude094

      In this case, the surface pro 3 does look much more appealing than a similarly priced iPad.

  • Gary LE

    It seems to me that ioad mini 2(now retina) will et up sales for the new mini 3 since the price has been reduced and there is NOT much difference besides the gold option, touch id and 64gb instead of 32gb.

    Lets say u get 16gb space grey/silver you are only bebefitting from the touch id for an extra $100 !!!! End of story!!!!!

  • Actually UAE Store is accepting orders for both iPads. Estimated time for delivery is 2-4 business days.

  • Kurt

    Aren’t you just gonna cover it up with a case?

  • Sunny

    These ipads are a dissapointment.
    Il pass.

  • ShawnTXDFW

    Just curious as to what your opinions might be. I just bought an iPad Air 2 and am pretty excited about it. Right now I have a 3rd Gen iPad and am curious if it was really worth the upgrade? I mean relatively speaking it seems like a better buy. Those of you that might have a 3rd Gen iPad did YOU upgrade? And even if you had another iPad besides 3rd Gen did you upgrade and tell me why? I’m just wondering if this was a good move on my part.

  • rockdude094

    Sadly didn’t preorder my iPad 3 on ios 6 is still kicking ass