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Apple to release iPad 3 in China in July

Apple will release its third-generation iPad in China on 20 July, the company has revealed.

Only US pricing has been announced so far - starting at $499 (£320) for the 16GB model and up to $829 (£530) for the 64GB Wi-Fi/LTE version.

The announcement comes after the tech giant settled a trademark case with Chinese electronics company Proview. Though a similar case was dismissed in the US, a Chinese court found Proview still retained rights to the name, after the company claimed Apple had behaved fraudulently in its bid to secure the rights to the iPad name in China and several other territories. The case resulted in Proview calling for a seizure and import and export ban on the tablets.

"The iPad dispute resolution is ended," the Guangdong High People's Court said in a statement at the time. "Apple Inc. has transferred $60 million [£38 million] to the account of the Guangdong High Court as requested in the mediation letter."

China is Apple’s second-largest market and one of the fastest-growing in the world, making this particular rollout especially strategic to the company’s effort to increase its global market share.