iPad 2 China: Apple's newest tablet gets one step closer to the Chinese market

iPad 2 China: Apple's newest tablet gets one step closer to the Chinese market

Christmas comes early for China’s tech lovers as Apple’s iPad 2 gets the green light from the government

ipad 2 china China might boast some of the world's largest Apple stores, but they have yet to stock the techie's crowning jewel: the iPad 2.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.

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.

A borough-bred Manhattanite, editor and writer Jessica Beaton lived in Shanghai for five years and has now moved to Hong Kong.

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