iPad Air Hits Store Shelves Around the World

Apple began selling its brand new iPad Air in several countries around the world Friday morning, and through its online store at 12:01AM pacific time. Lines have formed at many Apple Stores, but thanks in part to the company's decision to offer online purchase for in store pickup, this product rollout doesn't look to be as frenzied as others.

iPad Air available in several countries Friday morningiPad Air available in several countries Friday morning

Currently Apple is showing a November 4 delivery date for all iPad Air configurations. It's available now in the United States as well as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The iPad Air replaces the full-size fourth generation iPad, but keeps the tablet's 9.7-inch Retina Display. It also sports a 64-bit A7 processor, improved camera, better WiFi performance, and built-in stereo speakers. On the outside, it now looks like a big iPad mini with a narrower bezel and a 20 percent thinner body. It also shed nearly a third of its weight and now weighs just one pound.

Shoppers that want to pick one up today can visit their local Apple Store, Apple partner retailers, and depending on availability, may be able to pay online for in store pickup.

Pricing for the iPad Air starts at US$499 for the 16GB WiFi-only model, and the 16GB WiFi plus cellular data model starts at $628.