Apple has confirmed that it will be selling the iPad tablet computer in China as from Friday in an attempt to crack the booming home-grown tablet computer market and to fend off competition from the scores of iPad lookalikes that abound in mainland China.
The device will be sold through Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorised resellers but not, it seems, through the Apple website in China. The 16GB version will cost 3988 yuans, the 32GB model, 4788 yuan and the 64GB one, 5588 yuan.
Note that the Chinese iPad will be Wi-Fi only and it is not known when and whether a CDMA version of Apple will be released. Apple has also reiterated the fact that the iPad will be introduced in other countries by the end of the year.
Apple revealed back in July that it has sold 3.3 million iPads in roughly 60 days after it was launched in the US only; the company's other flagship product, the iPhone, has yet to be sold in the country although it is listed on Apple's Chinese website with a "notify-me" page up.