China to see December release of iPhone 5, Wi-Fi iPad mini and iPad 4

In an official media release, Apple has announced that the iPhone 5, the Wi-Fi iPad mini and the iPad 4 will arrive on Chinese shores in December. The iPad mini and the 4 will both be released on Friday December 7, while the iPhone 5 will drop a week later on December 14. The cellular iPads will hopefully follow soon after, however they’ve only just been cleared by Chinese regulations.

Apple today announced the Wi-Fi versions of iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina display will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and iPhone 5 will be available on Friday, December 14.

iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina display are currently available in 42 countries, and iPhone 5 is available in 47 countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.

Yesterday, China granted the iPhone 5 a network access license that will allow the handset to operate on China Telecom, the third largest carrier in the nation, the most probable catalyst for this announcement.

According to Tim Cook, demand for Apple products in China was “off the charts”, expect that to be reflected when Apple releases it financial figures for this quarter.


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