Finally! The Cupertino-based gadget giant has announced plans to launch the 3G models of the iPad 2 in China, with sales commencing as soon as today. In an announcement, the 3G tablet would be available via online and retail stores as well as authorized resellers. Apple currently offers only WiFi supported versions of the iPad 2 and with the latest announcement, investors eye huge sales for the 3G tablet.
Apple’s online store is now offering 16GB, 32GB and 64GB 3G enabled models for 4688RMB, 5488RMB and 6388RMB, respectively. Compared to the U.S. prices, Apple China seems to be keeping more than a $100 premium, to the already included high import tariff.
3G service will be provided by China Unicom, Apple’s sole partner for the iPhone in the country. Though the carrier is yet to begin sales for the iPad, the iPad plans have been forwarded to the customers who import the device or purchase it via the grey market.
Apple seems to be highly focused for retail expansion in the country as it open its fifth store in Shanghai at Nanjing Road. The store would be Apple’s largest retail location in China as currently it operates two other stores in Shanghai and two in Beijing. Furthermore, the company has also announced plans to open over 25 stores in the next few years.