On Tuesday (local Beijing time), Apple announced the much-anticipated and long-awaited launch of the cellular-capable iPad mini and iPad 4.
Although the Wi-Fi versions of both Apple devices have been available for weeks inside of China, a number of regulatory hurdles had to be jumped before Apple could roll out the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the new iPad and its pint-sized counterpart.
According to Apple’s press release out of Beijing:
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 18th.
The iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad are currently available in more than 100 countries nationally.
Although China Unicom and China Telecom haven’t yet confirmed their plans to cover the iPad 4 and iPad mini inside of China, the scuttlebutt says they will as early as this weekend.
What we can tell you for certain is that beginning this Friday in China, the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad will be available through Apple retail stores, the Apple Online Store and select Apple Authorized Resellers.