Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Apple dates Chinese launch of 'new iPad'

Finally, now that the Proview trademark saga is over, Apple has announced the launch date for the "new iPad" (or the iPad 3 or the iPad third-generation, your choice) in China. Apple's current generation tablet will go on sale to the public on Friday, July 20, 2012.

[Those who care more about movies than iDevices, or who have already procured their own new iPad, will note that July 20, 2012 is the date of the release of the final Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."]

Apple also announced that a reservation policy will begin on July 19. Reservation requests will be accepted daily at Apple Stores from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for pick up the following day.

Apple is sticking to U.S. pricing in China, meaning that the iPad 2 will continue to be sold in 8GB form at $399 (U.S.). Meanwhile, the wi-fi new iPad will be sold at the price points of $499, $599, and $699 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage tiers. Wi-fi + cellular iPads will go for $130 more, just as with U.S. models.

Apple's press release dishes the details.

One thing is not mentioned there, though: the Proview ruckus and how it affected the new iPad's introduction into China.

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