We’ve been enjoying iPad minis and fourth-gen iPads with cellular data here in the States for a while now, but these particular iPad flavors have yet to make it onto Chinese store shelves. Luckily for all Apple customers living in China, that’s all going to change this Friday, January 18th. Apple has sent out a press release confirming the release of the latest crop of data-equipped iPads in China hot on the heels of Tim Cook’s visit to the country last week.
Apparently a big reason for the delay between the US launch of these gadgets and the Chinese launch has to do with China’s stricter approval process for devices that require a network license to operate. Nevertheless, all the details have finally been worked out and you can check out the full press release below.
“BEIJING―January 15, 2013―Apple today announced the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of iPad® mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina® display will be available in China on Friday, January 18. iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad are currently available in more than 100 countries worldwide including the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.
iPad mini is a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad, and features a stunning 7.9-inch Multi-Touch™ display, FaceTime® HD and 5 megapixel iSight® cameras, ultrafast wireless performance* and an incredible 10 hours of battery life.** The fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance*. Both iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6.
iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular models come in black & slate or white & silver for a suggested retail price of $459 (US) for the 16GB model, $559 (US) for the 32GB model and $659 (US) for the 64GB model. The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models come in black or white 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. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at just $399 (US).
In China, iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad will be available through Apple retail stores, the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) and select Apple Authorized Resellers.”
If you’re an Apple customer living in China, are you excited to have the option of an iPad or iPad mini cellular data, or have you gone with a different device because of the delay? Sound off in the comments section below or on twitter @TiP_Jake.
Via: Cult of Mac