Our friends in China recently got official access to the iPhone 5, and it looks like Apple's ready to give the Far East's biggest market a taste of the cellular versions of it larger-screened mobile devices. That's right, folks, cellular versions of the iPad mini and the 4th-gen iPad will go on sale in China this Friday. To grab one, would-be owners must wait but few more days to make their purchase from either Apple's online store or through authorized brick-and-mortar retailers.
Update: This post originally stated that the iPad mini and 4th-gen iPad were late to China. Those models were released in early December. It's the cellular models that are shipping now.
Wi-Fi + Cellular Models of iPad mini & Fourth Generation iPad Available in China This Friday
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.
*Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
**Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
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