Apple has announced the expansion of the availability of its third generation iPad, now in stores in Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand. Currently, Apple fans in 57 countries can buy Apple's tablet but there is one significant exception: mainland China.
Recently, Apple released its quarterly financial report revealing China to be a significant market. Tim Cook defined the sales in this part of the world as "mind boggling." Apple's sales in China now accounts for 20 per cent of the company's revenue, up from last year's 12 per cent. The situation is largely down to the success of the iPhone 4S.
Despite the enthusiasm over iOS devices in the Chinese market, there is no indication that Apple plans to release the new iPad there anytime soon. Apple is still working to solve the legal mess surrounding the iPad trademark in China. In this stage of the trial against Proview, the judge ordered both companies to negotiate a settlement.
Meanwhile, Apple still hasn't managed to secure the official go-ahead from Chinese authorities for all of the new iPad variants. At the end of March, only the Wi-Fi model received approval to access the Chinese networks.