Apple has announced that the new iPad will finally make its debut in China on Friday, July 20, more than two months after the device made its debut in the United States. The third-generation tablet, which is the first iPad to feature a high-resolution Retina display, will be available through the Apple Online Store, Apple retail stores, and from select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Like the iPhone, if you choose to pick up the new iPad from an Apple retail store in China, you will need to reserve it online first. Reservation requests will be accepted daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning Thursday, July 19, for pick up the following day, according to the press release Apple issued this morning:
The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. In China the new iPad will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), select Apple Authorized Resellers and by reservation from Apple retail stores. Reservation requests will be accepted daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning Thursday, July 19 for pick up the following day. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at a more affordable price starting at just $399 (US).
Apple put this rule into practice in an effort to crack down on scalpers, who purchase Apple’s latest devices solely for the purpose of selling them at a profit on the grey market. The rule isn’t enforced by Apple Authorized Resellers, however.