New iPad to hit China on Friday, July 20

New iPad to hit China on Friday, July 20

Apple announced today that the new iPad will launch in China this month -- more precisely on Friday, July 20, 2012. While manufactured in China, it's taken Apple four months longer to get their third generation tablet into the Chinese market.

Apple products are popular enough the gray market trade quickly fills any gaps in Apple's release or distribution schedule. Despite the hurdles, China remains one of Apple's largest, and still fastest growing markets. Increasingly, Apple is recording substantial portions of their revenue beyond U.S. borders.

Full press release below.

New iPad Arrives in China on Friday, July 20

CUPERTINO, California―July 10, 2012―Apple® today announced the new iPad®, 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™ display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight® 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 (, 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.

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Rene Ritchie

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New iPad to hit China on Friday, July 20


Tangentially related, because it directly impacts Apple's China aspirations, if not broader, is Shanghai Zhizhen's suit <a href=" Siri violates their 2005 patent</a> for "a type of instant messaging chat robot system" they use in their devices. A skimming suggests the patent is one of those-overbroad-and-should-not-have-been-granted-types, but it was in fact granted, and certainly does not seem any more absurd than Apple's slide-to-unlock or data-tapping patents. Should the Chinese court uphold this claim, and Apple be unable to pay Zhizhen off, Apple could be staring down the same sort of gun barrel they point at Samsung and HTC.

Zhizhen offered mediation back in May, and only sued when Apple did not respond, so it seems far more likely they are looking for a licensing deal than to shut Apple down completely, but this sort of impossible-to-avoid patent war is exactly the type of game Apple has, if not started, at least been an early, eager adopter.