New iPad could launch in China on July 27

Macworld Australia Staff
9 July, 2012
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Apple has moved quickly to make the new iPad available in China after settling a trademark dispute over the name with Proview last week, and agreeing to pay $60 million.

The company has reportedly scheduled an on-sale date of July 27 for the third-generation iPad, according to The Next Web.

The website quoted the Chinese Blog PC Pop as citing this as the date based on ‘a knowledgeable source’. The tablet will reportedly be available for purchase in Apple’s six retail stores in greater China, as well as Suning electronics, one of the country’s largest retailers.

Apple received regulatory approval for the new iPad back in March for the Wi-Fi only model and in May for the Wi-Fi + 4G model. As is the case in Australia, the 4G LTE technology used by Apple is incompatible with current Chinese networks.

We only hope the iPad launch does not cause a repeat of the iPhone 4S launch, where Chinese fans created a riot by throwing eggs after one Apple Store cancelled the launch.

Apple has not officially announced the iPad China launch date, but with China generating 20 percent of Apple’s global revenue, we’re thinking it will be sooner rather than later.



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