How to order iPad Air 3 in the UK
Best answer: Right now the best way to guarantee yourself a new iPad mini as soon as possible is to preorder from Amazon, Apple or Currys PCWorld.Amazon: iPad Air 3 (From £479)Apple: iPad Air 3 (From £479)Currys: iPad Air 3 (From £479)
Only places currently accepting preorders
If you want to guarantee yourself an iPad Air 3 then you need to get a preorder in directly with Apple or go through Amazon or Currys PCWorld right now.
Whether or not you use the website or the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPad, you'll be able to reserve yourself a new iPad Air 3 in any of the colors, storage sizes, or cellular variants and pay with Apple Pay. Currys PCWorld and Amazon don't currently offer that as a payment method, though Amazon does offer its pre-order price guarantee which is always handy. If Amazon drops the price for any reason you'll pay that.
Initial shipping estimates were for March 28 - April 2, but those have already started to slip. Currys PCWorld, on the other hand, is showing availability for March 27, while Amazon is saying March 29. Carphone Warehouse will also likely be selling as part of the same group as Currys PCWorld, likewise we'd expect some or all of the carriers to get on board.
Other resellers such as John Lewis, Stormfront, and KRCS as yet aren't listing the iPad Air 3 for sale, so they may not be offering a preorder service, only sales from the end of March. Argos has now listed the iPad Air 3 in all its sizes and capacities, but as yet isn't taking orders.
Trade-in with Apple GiveBack
One advantage to buying from Apple is that you have an easy way to cash in your old iPad for cash towards your new one. Apple GiveBack is the company's own trade-in scheme, allowing you to price up your device when you buy.
Apple will then send you out a kit to package up and send in your old hardware for appraisal, crediting you with its value once happy.
There are other places to trade-in or sell your old iPad, but Apple GiveBack is certainly one of the easiest. And you might be surprised at how much you're offered.
Don't forget the accessories
Be sure to get the first generation Apple Pencil with it with the Lightning connector. The second generation Pencil for the new iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch won't work.
The iPad Air is reborn
With an A12 chip inside, the reborn iPad Air is a perfect alternative to the iPad Pro at a much more attractive price.
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