While Apple’s newest iPad are out in the United States for a while, over in China, the newest iPads are not out yet; but that may change soon.
Apple announced on Tuesday that the iPad will go on sale in China starting July 20th, 2012. The massive delay was caused by a lawsuit by a Chinese company called Proview. Although they have sold off the trademark several years ago, Proview claims that it had the legal right to the “iPad” name in China. After months of fighting over the trademark in China, Proview and Apple has settled the suit with Apple paying $60 million United States dollars (which is around 400000000 Chinese yuan) to Proview for the iPad trademark.
Apple has said that the Wi-Fi (WLAN) and 3G models of the iPad will both be launched on July 20th. One thing Apple has noted is that the iPads will be taking reservations to pick up their iPads starting July 19th, though they are only opening to pre-orders between 9AM and 12PM. As of right now, Apple has not listed pricing for the iPads to be sold in China so these are estimated cost based on the iPad 2 prices.
iPad Wi-Fi (WLAN) models
- 16GB = $499 (2988 Chinese Yuan)
- 32GB = $599 (3688 Chinese Yuan)
- 64GB = $699 (4488 Chinese Yuan)
iPad Wi-Fi (WLAN) + 3G models
- 16GB = $629 (3988 Chinese Yuan)
- 32GB = $729 (4688 Chinese Yuan)
- 64GB = $829 (5488 Chinese Yuan)
Also if iPad buyers in Asia that do not want the latest generation model, Apple has said that the iPad 2 will also be sold starting at $399 (estimated 2588 Chinese Yuan).
New iPad Arrives in China on Friday, July 20
CUPERTINO, Calif., Jul 10, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Apple(R) today announced the new iPad(R), the third generation of its category defining mobile device, will arrive in China on Friday, July 20. The new iPad features a stunning new Retina(TM) display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight(R) camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video. The new iPad still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light.
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).
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.