Prosser: Apple to release the iPad Air for pre-order October 16

iPad Air 4
iPad Air 4 (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple leaker Jon Prosser has new info on the iPad Air release.
  • The leaker says that Apple is holding up the release of the new tablet in order to ship alongside the new iPhone 12.
  • Apple will put pre-orders live on October 16.

Fresh new information from Jon Prosser says Apple will release the iPad Air for preorders on Friday, October 16, with a launch the following week, Friday 23.

Prosser posted the info shortly after the iPhone 12 event.

We had previously heard Apple would announce the release of the tablet at the iPhone 12 event alongside other products, although this didn't materialize.

Apple's iPad Air 4 features a brand new design with an edge-to-edge display, Touch ID in the top button, and Apple's brand new A14 processor.

From Apple:

Apple today introduced an all-new iPad Air — the most powerful, versatile, and colorful iPad Air ever. Now available in five gorgeous finishes, iPad Air features an all-screen design with a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, camera and audio upgrades, a new integrated Touch ID sensor in the top button, and the powerful A14 Bionic for a massive boost in performance, making this by far the most powerful and capable iPad Air ever made. The new iPad Air will be available starting next month.

Apple just rounded off its iPhone 12 October event, where it announced the new iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and HomePod mini.

The new iPhone 12 lineup features 5G, an A14 processor, and an all-new design featuring squared edges, new colors, and more. New features include a Super Retina XDR display, camera improvements, and new MagSafe charging capabilities.

Apple's HomePod mini is a smaller version of its smart speaker.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.