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MacRumors
Jul 10, 2012, 08:05 AM
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Apple today announced (http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/07/10New-iPad-Arrives-in-China-on-Friday-July-20.html) that the third-generation iPad will launch in China on Friday, July 20. The announcement comes a little over a week after Apple settled a trademark dispute (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/02/apple-settles-chinese-ipad-trademark-dispute-with-proview-for-60-million/) over the "iPad" name in China for $60 million.In China the new iPad will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com (http://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.http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/07/ipad_3_hand_china.jpg


China has rapidly become one of Apple's most important markets despite a slower-than-expected retail store rollout (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/04/apples-retail-push-into-china-still-limited-but-ramping-up/), and the launch of the latest iPad has been highly anticipated there as it debuted in roughly 100 other countries before making its way to China.

Article Link: Apple to Launch Third-Generation iPad in China on July 20 (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/10/apple-to-launch-third-generation-ipad-in-china-on-july-20/)



jonnysods
Jul 10, 2012, 08:06 AM
Say, aren't they coming out with a nifty new 7" iPad soon?

Z400Racer37
Jul 10, 2012, 08:06 AM
Finally!!!!!

the8thark
Jul 10, 2012, 08:08 AM
Say, aren't they coming out with a nifty new 7" iPad soon?

Only if you believe the rumours.

barkomatic
Jul 10, 2012, 08:17 AM
Hopefully, the re-sellers will get screwed like the did in the U.S.

Schizoid
Jul 10, 2012, 08:17 AM
whoopee, great news

Mad Mac Maniac
Jul 10, 2012, 08:19 AM
And yet Apple is releasing a 3rd gen iPad "refresh" in a few months... :rolleyes:

JohnH108
Jul 10, 2012, 08:22 AM
Get the riot Police ready:D :eek:

Schizoid
Jul 10, 2012, 08:22 AM
And yet Apple is releasing a 3rd gen iPad "refresh" in a few months... :rolleyes:

are they?! :eek:

Simplicated
Jul 10, 2012, 08:26 AM
What will the scalpers bring this time? Knives? :D

helmsc
Jul 10, 2012, 08:36 AM
Welcome to the party China. Glad the name is resolved so y'all get to enjoy what others have had.

RawBert
Jul 10, 2012, 08:53 AM
To them, it really will be the 'New iPad'.

Good for them. Finally they will be able to enjoy this awesome device.
Sheeet, I haven't been able to put one down since April 2010.

Kwramm
Jul 10, 2012, 09:01 AM
'bout time. too bad I want a retina mbp :/

flameproof
Jul 10, 2012, 09:14 AM
despite a slower-than-expected retail store rollout

It is true that there are not many Apple stores in China, but there are many resellers (stores) that sell authentic Apple products. So the lack of Apple own stores will not effect sales in any way.

And of course people can buy online too, and probably from a million not-authorized sources, that still sell authentic Apple products - often grey imports from Hong Kong or other places.

Navdakilla
Jul 10, 2012, 09:30 AM
I'm sure the people who really wanted it already have it.

iZac
Jul 10, 2012, 09:42 AM
...and JUST when I got mine from HK too!

Well, be interesting to see what the prices come in at ... at the moment the local *gray market* stocks them from ~ 3500 RMB (for 16 gig wifi) last I checked.

Kwramm
Jul 10, 2012, 09:47 AM
I wonder how much the copyright dispute really has to do - after all, the iPad 2 has been on sale all time long with the exception of a few days. And not long ago I read that they finally have a partner for the 3G version. I wouldn't be surprised if the real reason for the delay was finding that partner and signing the contract so both Wifi and 3G version could be launched on the same date, which is definitely more newsworthy than a staggered release.

Anyway, if it's the usual "China launch", add 2 months to the release date until you'll be able to actually walk into a store and just pick one up right there. So I wouldn't feel bad for getting a HK version.

FrankHahn
Jul 10, 2012, 10:19 AM
Great news!

This time around, the demand in mainland China will probably not be as high as it was for iPad 2 because many people have got their new iPads coming from Hong Kong and other regions.

roanmartigan
Jul 13, 2012, 03:24 AM
...and JUST when I got mine from HK too!

Well, be interesting to see what the prices come in at ... at the moment the local *gray market* stocks them from ~ 3500 RMB (for 16 gig wifi) last I checked.

Here are the prices:

WLAN 机型
RMB 3,688 16GB
RMB 4,488 32GB
RMB 5,288 64GB

WLAN + Cellular 机型
RMB 4,688 16GB
RMB 5,488 32GB
RMB 6,288 64GB

stormdanny
Jul 13, 2012, 03:37 AM
why Apple take so long time to enter the China market? They should know there are plenty of grey import making huge profit from it(big market right?)

iZac
Jul 13, 2012, 09:40 AM
Here are the prices:

WLAN 机型
RMB 3,688 16GB
RMB 4,488 32GB
RMB 5,288 64GB

WLAN + Cellular 机型
RMB 4,688 16GB
RMB 5,488 32GB
RMB 6,288 64GB

Wow that's jumped! last I looked in Shanghai was early May, so they must either be tight on supplies or what I was quoted was 'too good to be true' :P Thanks for the heads up!