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Apple today announced that it will begin selling Wi-Fi iPad models in China as of this Friday, September 17th.
Apple today announced that the Wi-Fi models of its magical iPad will be available to customers in China from Apple Retail Stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers, on Friday, September 17 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Pricing comes in at CNY3988 ($590) for the 16 GB model, CNY4788 ($708) for the 32 GB model and CNY5588 ($827) for the 64 GB model.

There is no word on 3G-capable iPad models, with the delay presumably due to regulatory issues. Current iPhone carrier China Unicom had previously announced that it would offer the iPad, with the assumption being that it was referring to 3G models planned to run on its network.

Supply constraints for the iPad have begun to ease in recent weeks as Apple's efforts to boost production have allowed the company to drop shipping estimates to "within 24 hours" in its current markets for the device. Similar signs of the easing supply crunch can be read in the apparent expansion of retail store sales to include Target early next month. Wal-Mart has also announced that it plans to carry the iPad "later this year", and so it too may be set to come onboard alongside Target.

Article Link: Apple to Launch Wi-Fi iPad in China on September 17th
 

Darkashnet

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$580? Not as hiked up as the UK, but still hiked up. Thought would be as cheap as its MADE in china!
 

NebulaClash

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Oh please let us not settle into another argument about "magical." It's the advertising word they keep using, it is not literal, Keebler does the same thing with their cookies, let's move on.
 

3282868

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I know I'll get slack for thos...

...but I'm so tired of the iPad, iPhone, AppleTV, and lately iOS. If they rename OS X to iOS I'll have an aneurism. Lol j/k seriously though I miss the "Pro" days of Apple. "PowerMacs" that were affordable, the cute and well designed iMac lampshade (nice to have a display that moves), OS X frontpage news (ever since Leopard there's been almost nothing on the betas that were releases almost biweekly for OS X developers (and leaked :) ).

*le sigh*
 

840quadra

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Good, hopefully this market will buy up current stock, to help push the next revision out.

Really want one of these for showing off my photgraphy on the go, I just want to get the 2nd revision with whatever innovation Apple introduces in that model.
 

NebulaClash

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How can anyone in China actually afford this?

Absolutely. There is a growing class of workers in China who are quite well off and want to show how well off they are by conspicuous consumption and travel. Did you know they had a housing boom there too?
 

C00rDiNaT0r

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You can get an iPad in Hong Kong at the same price points in HKD.

According to Google, 1 Chinese yuan = 1.14892229 Hong Kong dollars; 1 Hong Kong dollar = 0.870380887 Chinese yuan.

So the iPad is cheaper in HK by about 13% or so. Depending on where you are in China, it might be cheaper to commute to HK than traveling to Beijing/Shanghai's Apple stores.
 

C00rDiNaT0r

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Absolutely. There is a growing class of workers in China who are quite well off and want to show how well off they are by conspicuous consumption and travel. Did you know they had a housing boom there too?

China has what, 1.3billion people now? even if you just get 0.1% of the population to buy an iPad that's already a lot of money!
 

Glideslope

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Good, hopefully this market will buy up current stock, to help push the next revision out.

Really want one of these for showing off my photgraphy on the go, I just want to get the 2nd revision with whatever innovation Apple introduces in that model.

+1 Believe your onto something there old chap. :)
 

outz

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The Chinese people as a whole is still very poor but there is a growing wealthy part of the population in the cities. The Chinese people outside the cities are not at all close to could afford an iPad.

exactly... and most of the rich in the cities are the ones that own the factories and pay their employees next to nothing to churn out products like the ipad etc.
 

Nem Wan

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China could have a population of 300 million who are as wealthy as the 300 million in the U.S., plus 1.1 billion who are poorer!
 

Winni

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...but I'm so tired of the iPad, iPhone, AppleTV, and lately iOS. If they rename OS X to iOS I'll have an aneurism. Lol j/k seriously though I miss the "Pro" days of Apple. "PowerMacs" that were affordable, the cute and well designed iMac lampshade (nice to have a display that moves), OS X frontpage news (ever since Leopard there's been almost nothing on the betas that were releases almost biweekly for OS X developers (and leaked :) ).

*le sigh*

They won't just rename OS X to iOS -- they will replace it with iOS.

Chances are that OS X 10.7 will be the last 'normal' OS X release, most likely with an additional iOS layer on top of it. After that, it'll be "pure" iOS.

But the good news is: If you want an open computing platform, there's still Linux.
 

nelmat

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$580? Not as hiked up as the UK, but still hiked up. Thought would be as cheap as its MADE in china!

Actually by the time you add VAT to the US price, do a conversion by the commercial (not consumer/tourist) exchange rate and add import duty, the price in the UK is pretty much the same as the US price.

What a lot of UK readers fail to understand is that the US Apple site lists products without sales tax - so before you do anything, add 17.5% to the price before converting and then allow for import duty.
 

nelmat

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They won't just rename OS X to iOS -- they will replace it with iOS.

Chances are that OS X 10.7 will be the last 'normal' OS X release, most likely with an additional iOS layer on top of it. After that, it'll be "pure" iOS.

But the good news is: If you want an open computing platform, there's still Linux.

NO, they won't. That's utter nonsense.
 

nelmat

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...but I'm so tired of the iPad, iPhone, AppleTV, and lately iOS. If they rename OS X to iOS I'll have an aneurism. Lol j/k seriously though I miss the "Pro" days of Apple. "PowerMacs" that were affordable, the cute and well designed iMac lampshade (nice to have a display that moves), OS X frontpage news (ever since Leopard there's been almost nothing on the betas that were releases almost biweekly for OS X developers (and leaked :) ).

*le sigh*

The new iMacs are stunning, as is the mini, and both are less in real terms than the powermacs of the 90s. The "lampshade" iMac you refer to was universally despised by critics and users of sites such as these.

You need to understand that a modern consumer electronics company has to cater for mobile as well as desktop use, not every product revision is going to be about the iMac, not every software announcement about OSX.

10.7 will come when it's time, right now I can't think of any features that could be added to the OS - what new features were you after? Or do you simply want change for the sake of it?

The iMacs and Mac Pros have been updated in the last month or so, the laptops are once again recently updated, then new monitors are announced, Snow leopard is barely a year old.

It's now rumoured that facetime is coming to the laptop/desktop range - what more do you want exactly?
 

NebulaClash

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NO, they won't. That's utter nonsense.

I agree, that's anti-Apple nonsense. OS X (or its descendants) will always be around just as Windows (or its descendants) will always be around in the sense that there will always be a need for a full-blow OS. While I believe that 80-90% of the population will be using iOS-type devices ten years from now, there will always be a professional tech class that will want the full OS, whether it's Linux or OS X or Windows.

Computing in a decade will be mostly tablets, because most people do not look under the hood and will like a device that just works. But some of us do look under the hood, and for us there will always be OS X. Or Linux for our friend Winni.
 

transmaster

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iPad,iPad,iPad,iPad

What puts a smile on my face is the chest beating before the iPad was originally released, nobody has been successful with a tablet computer, it's going to be nothing but a big iPod Touch, it's too big, it's too small, it is going to suck........etc. After release it doesn't do flash, doesn't print, doesn't start my car....no wait the Chevy Volt, well it is just crummy.

What is the reality. They are coming out of Foxconn like bullets out of a rotary machine gun.

I have a mental picture of huge columns of a modern version of the Red Guard in China, who instead of holding up Moa's Little Red Book are holding up an iPad chanting iPad!, iPad!, iPad!, iPad!, iPad!. Now that image should cause some heart palpitations on this forum;)
 
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