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Apple To Sell iPhone 5, iPad Mini In China

Sales of Apple's latest tablets kick off December 7 in China, with the iPhone following December 14.

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Apple today announced that it plans to make the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and fourth-generation iPad with Retina display available to Chinese consumers beginning next week. Features and pricing of the smartphone and tablets are in line with what is offered in other markets. In the U.S., the iPhone 5 can be purchased for as little as $199 with a new contract. The iPad Mini starts at $329 and the fourth-gen iPad starts at $499.

The Wi-Fi variants of the iPad Mini and fourth-gen iPad will go on sale first. They can be ordered directly from Apple's website beginning Friday, December 7. According to Apple, the devices can be picked up from official Apple retail stores only if they are first reserved by consumers. Apple will begin accepting in-store reservations daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Thursday, December 6, for pick up the following day.

Apple has run into trouble at its retail stores on previous product launch days in China, which is probably why it has set up this reservation system. Earlier this year, an angry mob threw eggs at Apple's flagship store in Beijing when the iPhone 4S went on sale. Apple later decided the iPhone 4S would be available for purchase in China only through its website.

Apple did not say if or when the 3G/4G variants of its iPads will go on sale in China. In order to sell cellular-equipped versions, Apple would need to obtain regulatory approval from China.

[ Apple holds a narrow lead against Android devices in the U.S. market. Read more at iOS Squeaks Past Android In U.S. ]

The iPhone 5 will follow the iPad and iPad Mini on December 14, and Apple will use the same procedures for selling it. It can be ordered online from Apple starting December 14, or reserved in stores for next-day pick up beginning December 13.

The iPhone 5 was given a Network Access License by China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center earlier this week.

According to Apple, the iPad Mini and the fourth-gen iPad with Retina display are available in 42 countries, and iPhone 5 is available in 47 countries, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.

Licensed Apple resellers will also be selling the iPhone 5 and new iPads.

Earlier versions of the iPad have proven popular sellers in China. According to Analysis International, Apple's iPad holds a commanding 71.42% of the Chinese tablet market. The next closest vendor is Lenovo, with 10.52%. Lenovo is followed by Eben, with 3.61%; Samsung, with 3.53%; Acer, with 3.03%; and Asus, with 1.74%.

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HPutt
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HPutt,
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11/30/2012 | 5:07:34 PM
re: Apple To Sell iPhone 5, iPad Mini In China
Now would be a good time for Amazon, Samsung, etc. to get together to insist upon a full scale investigation into whether Apple committed bribery to any Chinese official(s) to obtain the licensing rights in China and whether there are future payments to be made, including transfer or options in stock to any present or former government official(s) or Chinese companies.

Since the entire government is filthy in its treatment of its own citizens including "eminent domain" proceedings with little value paid to owners [see news of farmers, and wives, throwing themselves off the roof of their partially destroyed homes or being killed making protests] and bribery and sending families to America to use as funnels for the transfers of funds stolen in China.

Seriously, check how many relatives of past and present government officials [down to district levels such as Bo] have relatives in the U.S. and/or attending American universities [and who cannot find their posteriors with both hands let alone match other student's records or accomplishments for entrance] and determine how wealthy the official or his/her family is.

Very doubtful that no money passed illegally into the hands of government officials.

Of course, this may be routine, and like PED's in sports, everyone is doing it because otherwise you cannot compete.

We'll see, that is, if someone would conduct an objective investigation.
Thomas Chongruk
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Thomas Chongruk,
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12/2/2012 | 5:35:08 AM
re: Apple To Sell iPhone 5, iPad Mini In China
Sometimes it's amazing the power and appeal of Apple across different countries. When people in such countries buy consumer goods, usually they're about an equivalent price based on relative purchasing power; However, when the absolute price is so similar, and yet the demand is significant enough, it's just boggling.
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