Apple may reveal iPad Air shipment date during 'iPhone 12' event

The color options for the iPad Air 4.

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Apple may use Tuesday's "Hi, Speed" event to tell potential buyers of the new iPad Air when they can purchase the tablet, weeks after the company launched the model during its "Time Flies" event.

During the first "Time Flies" special event on September 15, Apple introduced a redesigned iPad Air, but aside from telling customers it would be available sometime in October, an exact date wasn't offered during the presentation. With the second Apple event looming, it is suggested Apple may advise of when the tablet will actually go on sale.

According to serial leaker Jon Prosser on Twitter, Apple "will give you the launch date of iPad Air during the October 13th event." Given the lack of date from Apple itself for its release, it seems plausible a public event will include an update on shipment dates.

While even at this stage it is unclear when the tablet will go on sale, other reports suggest it could take place soon. One report from October 9 claimed shipments of new Apple products that included the iPad Air were arriving at Apple stores, but were marked for opening at a later date.

The iPad Air 4 was upgraded to an iPad Pro-like design, with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display, an edge-to-edge design, and USB-C. The Home button's removal meant Touch ID has migrated to the power button, with the tablet powered by the A14 Bionic processor.

When it ships, the new iPad Air will cost $599 and $749 for the 64GB and 256GB Wi-FI models, $729 and $879 for the respective cellular versions.