Apple Introduces 3G iPad 2 In China

Although the iPad 2 was launched in the US in March this year, the most frenzied scenes accompanied the tablet's launch in China in May. At that time, which saw a number of people injured and an Apple Store window smashed, only the Wi-Fi version was made available.

Today the 3G iPad 2 is going on sale officially for the first time in the country. The 16GB, 32 GB and 64 GB 3G versions will be available for $734, $860 and $985 respectively through Apple's online stores and authorised sellers throughout the country.

Recently, Apple also announced that it will open a five-story Nanjing East store in Shanghai and another one in Hong Kong. In these new Apple stores, the Cupertino-based company expects almost 40,000 visitors a day for which they are hiring 300 employees.

Apple's present iPhone partner carrier in the country China Unicom will offer the 3G network for the iPad 2, a service which it had already been offering to those who had managed to get hold of the 3G device on the grey market.

Whilst the iPad 2 is certainly nowhere near being an obsolete tablet, people have already started to talk about the next version and how the iPad 3 might improve on the present tablet. A number of pundits are already speculating that it might arrive in the Spring of 2012.