Apple Announces LTE iPad Availability In China

China Mobile, the largest carrier in the world, officially partnered with Apple last year.

China Mobile, the largest carrier in the world, officially partnered with Apple last year.

Apple has announced that the LTE iPad Air and iPad mini are now available in China. Cellular iPad models have been on sale in the country already, but today marks Apple’s adoption of the local TD-SCDMA network standard.

Here’s the full press release:

BEIJING―April 1, 2014―Apple® today announced TD-LTE capable models of iPad Air™ and iPad mini™ with Retina® display, bringing high-speed LTE performance* to iPad® customers in China, are available starting today. The new iPad models give customers the ability to connect to today’s most advanced cellular data networks at blazingly fast speeds, so users can surf the web or download email and apps even faster.

iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models supporting TD-LTE also accommodate the TD-SCDMA mobile standard, and join existing iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display WLAN + Cellular models in support of Personal Hotspot connectivity and other advanced cellular technology (GSM/EDGE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+) to provide customers in China fast cellular access in whichever iPad model they choose.

iPad Air features a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display in a thin and light design. Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound with a narrow bezel, the borders of iPad Air make content even more immersive. iPad mini with Retina display brings all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in a design that offers 35 percent more screen real estate than 7-inch tablets. iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display feature the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with built-in WLAN, support for fast cellular networks around the world, an incredible 10 hours of battery life,** and iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great features and access to over 500,000 apps designed specifically for iPad.

iPad Air with WLAN models are available in silver or space gray for a suggested retail price of 3,588 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 4,288 (RMB) for the 32GB model, 4,988 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,688 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad Air with WLAN + Cellular models supporting TD-LTE join existing iPad Air WLAN + Cellular models in China for a suggested retail price of 4,488 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 5,188 (RMB) for the 32GB model, 5,888 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 6,588 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad mini with Retina display WLAN models, in silver or space gray, are available for a suggested retail price of 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 3,588 (RMB) for the 32GB model, 4,288 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 4,988 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad mini with Retina display WLAN + Cellular models supporting TD-LTE join existing iPad mini with Retina display WLAN + Cellular models in China for a suggested retail price of 3,788 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 4,488 (RMB) for the 32GB model, 5,188 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,888 (RMB) for the 128GB model. Additionally, iPad with Retina display, the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad, is now offered in black or white for a suggested retail price of 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN model and 3,788 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN + Cellular model, and the original iPad mini in silver or space gray is offered at 2,098 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN model and 2,988 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN + Cellular model. In China, all iPad models are available through Apple retail stores, the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com/cn), and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

*Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
**Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

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