There is an online tool that will help you search iPad Air availability in stores, according to a Nov 2 report in TUAW. This online tool will also help you find store availability of iPhone 5s and the availability of new iPad mini with Retina display when it's released later this month.
With customers lining up outside Apple stores eagerly waiting to purchase Apple's new iPad Air—and iPhone 5s—consumers can't be certain that any Apple retail store will have the model of the iPad Air or iPhone 5s that they want. To avoid disappointment because the model of iPad Air (or iPhone 5s), that they want is unavailable—as well as to save time needlessly waiting in line for an iPad Air or iPhone 5s version that isn't available—consumers can visit AppleTracker's, new online iPad Air search tool.
AppleTracker's iPad Air search tool is simple to use. Just click (or tap) the Select button under “iPad Air”, select the color you want, chose the carrier you use (or Wi-Fi for the iPad Air Wi-Fi only model), enter your Zip Code and click (or Tap) the “Find your iPad Air” button. Almost instantly a list of the twenty closest Apple stores will appear listing all the iPad Air models that are available in each location.
A white check in a green box indicates that iPad Air with the storage capabilities listed is currently available at that location. A black X in a red box means that the iPad Air model that you're looking for is unavailable.
Once you find that the iPad Air that you want is available in an Apple store, AppleTracker suggests that rather than quickly hopping into a car and driving to that Apple store, consumers first order their iPad Air online by clicking (or tapping) “Click here to purchase your iPad Air” and select the pickup in-store option. This approach guarantees that the iPad Air model with the desired storage capacity will be available and waiting at that Apple store for the customer to pick it up at his or her convenience.
This online tool for helping consumers find iPad Air, iPhone 5s and iPad mini with Retina display will become even more convenient when iPad mini is launched later this month and is expected to mostly unavailable.
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