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iPad Air goes on sale in Australia, Hong Kong and China via online stores

Right on cue, the iPad Air has gone on sale in Australia, China and Hong Kong via each nations respective Apple stores. So far shipping is looking good for Australia and China, with shipping within 24 hours currently available across all models. In Hong Kong, shipping is 1-2 weeks at the moment.

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iPad Air reservations go live October 30 in Hong Kong and China

Much the same as before the iPhone 5s launch last month, Apple is taking reservations for the new iPad Air beginning October 30 in Hong Kong and China. According to listings on both Apple China and Apple Hong Kong, reservations will begin at 8am local time, for in-store pickup on launch day, November 1.

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China has insatiable appetite for iPad mini

Looks like the iPad mini is proving as popular in Hong Kong and China as it'd been in western markets. Yup, despite the lack of a Retina display, and complaints that it's not as "cheap" as a deeply subsidized Google or Amazon tablet, Apple can't keep them on the shelves.

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Unlocked iPhone 4S launches in U.S., international launch in Hong Kong, South Korea, and more

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Apple's iPhone 4S is now available factory unlocked in the U.S. from Apple.com. Why it took until November when countries like Canada and the UK got unlocked models at launch, who knows? But if you've been waiting to go contract and SIM-lock free, now's your chance! (Reminder: Only the GSM/AT&T version is available unlocked, not the CDMA/Verizon/Sprint version).

Apple has also launched the iPhone 4S in 13 more countries, namely Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea.

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How to smuggle iPhone, iPad back into China if all you have are crossbows and cables

Dayliss and YCWB report that McGyver-like Chinese smugglers have taken to using ingenious cable and pulley systems, launched from home-spun crossbows and catapults, to smuggle iPhones and iPads back into China. M.I.C. Gadget sums up:

The iPad and iPhones were transported over a small river that separates the booming city of Shenzhen from the rural northern part of Hong Kong using an elaborate pulley system. The cable was shot across the border using a crossbow and the Apple products were flying across at night, which store in black nylon bags. The cable was suspended to a high-rise building in the Chinese border town of Shenzhen, and goods were moved several hundred meters from a small village house located in Hong Kong

No word on whether or no Jackie Chan or Chris Tucker were instrumental in helping Chinese and Hong Kong customs crack the smuggling ring, but we have our suspicions!

[Dayliss and YCWB via M.I.C. Gadget]

Video after the break.

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Did you get a new iPad 2 in Asia today? Here's what you need next!

iPad 2 just launched in Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE today and despite Wi-Fi and unlocked 3G units being available in other parts of the world for over a month already, it looks like the crowds are still coming out.

Did you just get your new iPad 2? If so, if you've finished unboxing and you're finally ready to go... you might just be wondering what you need to know and do next?

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iPad 2 hits 25 more countries this Friday, March 25

There will be no delays as Apple has just confirmed iPad 2 will be available this Friday, March 25 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Just like the US launch, online orders will begin a 1am (they don't say which time zone?) and in store purchases will be available starting 5pm local time.

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Apple officially announces Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

Steve Jobs dropped the July 30 date for next big rollout during the iPhone 4 press conference but now Apple has gone and made it official:

Beginning this Friday, customers can purchase iPhone 4 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. iPhone 4 will be available for purchase through Apple’s retail and online stores and Apple® Authorized Resellers.

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iPad coming in July for Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore

Apple announced today that the iPad, already released in the US and scheduled for a wider release internationally in May, will be coming to Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July.

No word on pre-orders or pricing yet, but Apple says that's coming at a later date.

If you're in one of those countries -- are you waiting for late July, did you get a US model already, or are you still waiting to be sold on the iPad?


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iPhone in HK: 3G, WiFi, and... Unlocked? Ho-a!

Who said iPhone's "don't hit back"?

The Boy Geniuses Report that while China may be eunuch-izing their iPhone, the special administrative zone which is Hong Kong will be getting the full on 3G, and unlocked to boot. So any Mainlanders dreading the "just no internet" model are only a hop, skip, and ferry away from "freedom" (and the US$692/$794 price tags that goes along with it).

Do-Tse, Apple!

Anyone planning on picking up one of these little dragons?

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