Apple has just announced that it will be launching the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini with cellular data in China this Friday, January 18th. The company released this information via a press release, though Apple’s CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the device would land in China in “late January” during his trip to China earlier this month:
“BEIJING—January 15, 2013—Apple today announced the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of iPad® mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina® display will be available in China on Friday, January 18. iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad are currently available in more than 100 countries worldwide including the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.”
What took Apple so long to launch the cellular models of the new iPad lineup in China, anyway? For one, the device was only given cellular approval in China last month. Due to restrictions on the mobile market in China, devices with cellular connectivity tend to take much longer to launch there. In this case, it took roughly a month longer for the cellular models of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad to launch as the Wi-Fi only models were brought to the Chinese market on December 7th, 2012.