iPad Difference between Chinese version and United States Version?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Gutwrench, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    First off is there actually different versions based on country?

    Secondly, if so, is it better to give a Chinese version to a Chinese residence rather than a United States version?

    My wife is Chinese and I want to give her father an iPad as a gift. He only reads and speaks Mandarin. He would only use it in his home so a wifi version is all that's necessary. I recently heard there are different versions and wondered if I should be concerned. I've been to China many times and our US based iPhones, Airs, and iPads worked flawlessly.

    Does it matter if I gift a United States version to a Chinese resident?

    Thank you in advance. I hope a Chinese member can help this da bizi. :)
  2. CelestialToys macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2013
    up above the streets and houses
    If I recall correctly it is only the cellular models that are different between the US and China.

    I believe the only difference is that one bought in China will come with a Chinese power adapter whilst the US model will come with a US power adapter.
  3. iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
    A United States model will work just fine for your father-in-law. All you have to do is during the setup, select Chinese as the system wide language instead of the default English. Siri, dictation, and notifications will be in Chinese. The only hurdle will be the different power adapter.
  4. dextr3k macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    You will save some money by buying the US version, and it will essentially be the same for usage, and you should already know the US adapter is the same as the Chinese adapter, so that is not a consideration.

    But for your father-in-law, I would say get him a Chinese version, why? Support. The ipads are not international warranty and he would not be able to get any support on it at his local Apple store. This is not a problem if he doesn't live near one, but always nice to have.

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