Apple's latest devices to be released in China
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Apple has announced through a press release earlier this week that a number of their latest devices, including the iPad Mini, iPhone 5, and fourth generation iPad, will be made available for consumers in China beginning early December. The tablets will be Wi-Fi only versions as the Cupertino company continues to make agreements with Chinese telecommunications providers.
Apple fans in China will be able to purchase this new equipment online via www.apple.com, by making a reservation at their nearest Apple store (of which there are currently 7 in China) or through an Apple Authorized Reseller. Operators such as China Unicom and China Telecom have already agreed to offer the iPhone 5. However, Apple will likely be looking to make a deal with China Mobile, which has around 700 million subscribers.
The scheduled release date in China for the iPad Mini and iPad with Retina Display is December 7, 2012 with the iPhone 5 coming a week later on December 14, 2012. Pre-orders for the devices commence on December 6, 2012 with suggested retail prices as follows: iPad Mini (16 GB) $329, iPad 4 (16 GB) $499 and iPhone 5 (16 GB) $199.