Wi-Fi iPad Hits China This Friday

The iPad's international expansion continues, and this time they're going after big game: at 10am this Friday, September 17, the Wi-Fi iPad will be available in China. They'll retail at CNY3988 for 16GB, CNY4788 for 32GB and CNY5588 for 64GB. That's about $630, $757 and $883 respectively. At those prices, and with the kind of volume potential China represents, you're looking at big business for Apple.

Then again, I thought China had the iPad months ago, didn't they? Regardless, Apple promises that "many more" countries will get the iPad "later this year". So hold tight, Moldova! Your time will come.

iPad Wi-Fi Models Available in China on September 17

CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple® today announced that the Wi-Fi models of its magical iPad™ will be available to customers in China from Apple Retail Stores, and select Apple authorised Resellers, on Friday, September 17 starting at 10:00 a.m.

iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad's revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad Wi-Fi models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.5 pounds - thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook - and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web.*

Apple Retail Stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customise their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favourite apps from the App Store℠, and more. Apple Retail Stores in China are also hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about this magical new product.

Pricing & Availability

iPad Wi-Fi models in China will be available for a suggested retail price of CNY3988 for 16GB, CNY4788 for 32GB and CNY5588 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in China through Apple's Retail Stores, and select Apple authorised Resellers.

iPad will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.