Apple will introduce its latest iPad tablet next Friday in China–its second-largest market behind the United States.
In a press release Tuesday, Cupertino did not give a reason for the slow release for the device, which has already rolled out in many countries in the region such as Singapore and Malaysia.
“In China the new iPad will be available through the Apple Online Store, select Apple authorized resellers and by reservation from Apple retail stores,” the company said in the statement.
The announcement follows reports that Apple paid US$60 million last month to resolve a trademark issue with Proview Technology, which claimed the rights to use the iPad name in China.
It also comes after news that Chinese authorities granted a license for both 4G and 3G networks that gave Apple the green light to sell the device in China.
The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. In China the new iPad will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), select Apple Authorized Resellers and by reservation from Apple retail stores. Reservation requests will be accepted daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning Thursday, July 19 for pick up the following day. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at a more affordable price starting at just $399 (US).
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