iPad 2 China: Apple's newest tablet gets one step closer to the Chinese market
China -- even with all its new Apple stores -- always seems the redheaded, tech un-savvy, stepchild when it comes to product launches, getting gadgets months after they’ve launched just about everywhere else.
Thankfully our months of waiting (or flying to Hong Kong) for the iPad 2 are nearing an end, as the tablet was awarded a China Compulsory Certification late last week. The license is compulsory for 3G products being sold on the Chinese mainland.
The move signals that the iPad 2 is set to make its official entry in the Chinese mainland market soon. Although no date has been released (yet), think a matter of weeks from now, not months.
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Industry insiders, according to WantChinaTimes, expect the Wi-Fi version of the iPad 2 to hit the Chinese market in May. The fate of the 3G iPad 2 in China is still up for debate.
In response to the coming Middle Kingdom launch of Apple’s coveted tablet, the once sky-high Hong Kong prices for the product are beginning to come down, and they’re expected to go even lower as May approaches and demand for gray-market iPad 2 in China wanes.