The iPad will make its grand debut in an unlikely location this Friday, September 17th.
On Monday, Apple announced that China will receive the Wi-Fi iPad before the end of the week. The tablet will be available through Apple’s retail outlets and other select authorized dealers.
The 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models will all be released. The 16GB model, however, will be the cheapest at roughly $590. The 32GB and 64GB models will run $708 and $826, respectively.
It should be noted that the Chinese Wi-Fi iPad is practically identical to the iPads released elsewhere around the world.
Nonetheless, doubts remain as to whether the 3G model will ever see the light of day China, as Chinese government officials remain concerned about the device’s 3G use in the nation.
Earlier this year, Apple promised to introduce the iPad into a plethora of new countries before year’s end. So far, Apple has kept its word. And this Friday, the Cupertino tech giant will get its first opportunity to push its hugely popular tablet computer in the world’s largest mobile community.
iPad will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.