After settling with Proview for $60 million over the rights to use the iPad name, Apple appears ready to launch its latest iPad in China.
According to MyDrivers‘ sources, the release date for the iPad in China will be July 27 with prices the same as those found in the US and other countries around the world.
The release in China will only feature Wi-Fi-only iPads, with no definitive answer as to if/when iPads with mobile connectivity will be released despite Apple’s obtaining network licensing from the Chinese in May.
Further, according to IntoMobile, the importance of the new iPad and other iOS devices to Apple’s continued success cannot be undersold:
In addition to the new iPad, the importance that Apple has placed on China is evident in iOS 6 as a number of Chinese-specific features will be arriving with the software.
Those features include:
- Improved text input and built-in support for popular Chinese Internet services.
- New Chinese dictionary and improved text input.
- Mix full and abbreviated Pinyin and even type English words in a Pinyin sentence without switching keyboards.
- Support for over 30,000 characters.
- Baidu is a built-in option in Safari.
- Users can share videos directly to Youku and Tudou.
- Post to Sina Weibo from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari, and Game Center.
So, for our Chinese readers, it appears Apple’s latest iPad will soon be available, along with other features catered specifically to you.