By Leena Rao
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) just announced that Wi-Fi models the iPad will become available to users in China from Apple Retail Stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers, on Friday, September 17 starting at 10:00 a.m.
iPads will be sold for the retail price of CNY3988 for 16GB, CNY4788 for 32GB and CNY5588 for 64GB. Apple just opened three new stores in Shanghai, adding to an existing store in Beijing. And Apple plans to build at least two dozen stores across the country. As we reported in early August, China Unicom was rumored to start selling iPads in China in the fall.
Apple says that it will roll out the iPad, which are selling like hotcakes, to “many more countries later this year.” In July, Apple announced availability in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore, after beginning international rollout in May.