What's the best way to buy the iPad Air 3?

What's the best way to buy the iPad Air 3?

Pre-ordering on Apple's website is quick and easy.

I've pre-ordered my Apple products from Apple for the last several years, and as a general rule it's fast, it's easy, and I usually get my items on release day. There is never a guarantee, but Apple has the most of any given item. Any reseller only has what Apple gives them to sell. Don't forget to trade in your old iPad while you're on the site.

Prefer to order from your iPhone?

For many people, their primary computer is their iPhone. If that's the case for you, then the Apple Store app is the way to go. On a phone, the Apple Store app is faster than the mobile web site. It's a pretty great app, actually. You can sign up for some Today at Apple sessions while you're in the app.

Free on the App Store

An alternative website might save you sales tax

B&H is a popular photography and tech website that also has the iPad Air 3 ready to pre-order. An authorized Apple reseller, B&H offers the iPad Air 3 for the same price as Apple. It depends on what you state you live in, but for my state, B&H offers free 2-day shipping and doesn't charge sales tax.

Best Buy offers a discount program

Best Buy has a program called My Best Buy. It's free to join, and if you do so, you will get $25 off one of the new iPads. Of course, if you have Best Buy gift cards, that's the clear place to pre-order your new iPad Air 3.

Amazon carries the latest as well

Amazon won't be left out of the excitement, there too is a good place to pre-order your iPad Air 3. Amazon is also a good choice if you happen to have some Amazon gift cards. There are also loads of accessories available on Amazon, so it's great for one-stop shopping.

Costco offers $30 off

If you have a Costco membership, you can get a discounted Wi-Fi model of the iPad Air 3 at Costco right out of the gate. Whether you get the 64GB or the 256GB size, Costco's price is $30 less than the retail price. Buy a couple of these and your Costco membership pays for itself this year!

Just show up at the Apple Store on release day

Going to the Apple Store and trying to score an iPad Air 3 on release day isn't the most convenient way to go. But I've definitely done it. I doubt I'll do it anymore at this point in my life since pre-ordering is so much easier. Still, there is nothing like a release day at Apple. There's a special kind of camaraderie, waiting in line with like-minded Apple fans. If you enjoy that unique experience, go for it. You can also bring in your old iPad to trade in while you're there, perhaps it will offset the cost of your new one.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.