The country where all iPads are produced is about to get the latest models released on its shores. Apple clearly knows where its future lies.
China is an important market for tech companies, with consumers in the country having a growing desire for the latest gadgets and the bulging wallets to match. Apple in particular is keen to maximize its growth potential in China, and so has moved quickly to release both the iPad (4th Generation) and iPad Mini in the most populous country in the world.
Apple issued a press release earlier today stating that the 4th generation iPad and the iPad Mini would both be launched in China on Dec. 7, 2012. Pre-orders and reservations will be taken from Dec. 6 onwards. These dates apply to the Wi-Fi-only versions of both devices, with no word yet on when the LTE versions will follow. The iPhone 5 will follow the release of the iPad and iPad Mini on Dec. 14.
Apple has previously stated that China is an increasingly important market for the company, with Tim Cook using the July earnings call to talk up its potential for the future. China is the biggest source of revenue for the company in the region, and has much more potential for growth than North America and Europe where Apple products are already insanely popular.
It should be noted at this juncture that the iPad, the iPad Mini, the iPhone, and every other Apple product is manufactured in China. So it’s surely only right and proper that those same products should actually be available to buy in China. Especially as when they’re held back from being released, cheap imitations flood on to the market instead in order to fill the void.
Demand for the new models is expected to be high from the start, with Apple’s own stores and its legion of authorized resellers likely to be busy for the next few months at least.