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Apple begins selling iPad 2 3G in China

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Apple on Wednesday began selling 3G versions of the iPad 2 in China, ahead of high-profile retail store launches in Shanghai and Hong Kong later this week.

Apple's localized online store is now offering 16GB, 32GB and 64GB 3G-capable models for 4688CNY ($734), 5488CNY ($860) and 6388CNY ($985), respectively. The prices come in at more than a $100 premium from the U.S. prices, though it should be noted that China's hefty import tariff has already been bundled into the retail price.

The Cupertino, Calif., company announced the move on Tuesday, according to the The Wall Street Journal. A spokesman told the publication that the iPad 2 3G will also be available in retail stores and from authorized resellers.

3G service will be provided by China Unicom, Apple's current partner for the iPhone in the country. Though the carrier has yet to begin selling the iPad, for over a year, it has offered iPad plans to customers who import the device on their own or purchase it on the unofficial grey market.

In July, it was reported that China Unicom executives were planning a trip to the U.S. to discuss plans for the 3G iPad 2 ahead of the finalized regulatory certification of the device.

Apple now selling iPad 2 3G in China.

Apple is set to continue its highly-focused retail expansion in the country on Friday when it opens its fifth store in Mainland China in Shanghai at Nanjing East. The Greater China region will also see a boost as Apple has confirmed it will open its massive flagship Hong Kong store at the IFC Mall on Saturday.

The Nanjing Road store will be Apple's largest retail location in China. Apple currently operates two other stores in Shanghai and two in Beijing. The company has revealed plans to reach a total of 25 stores in the country within the next few years.

Upcoming Apple Store on Nanjing Road in Shanghai | Credit: MIC Gadget.

The iPad 2 has been an instant success in the world's most populous nation. The launch of the device in early May drew a sell-out crowd, quickly stoking a secondary market of highly-organized scalpers. The day after the iPad 2 launch in China, fierce demand for Apple's second-generation tablet and white iPhone led to an altercation outside the store that resulted in a shattered glass door and at least four injured persons.

Launch day line for the iPad 2 at Apple's flagship Sanlitun store in Beijing.

According to J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz, Apple will introduce an "iPhone 4-plus" specifically aimed at making inroads into the Chinese pre-paid mobile market alongside the new iPhone 5 this fall. On Monday, he suggested in a note to investors that the current iPhone 4 will replace the 3GS as the lower-end offering, with the "plus" version focusing on the midrange.

After bringing its focus to bear on the Chinese market, Apple has seen impressive results. In the second quarter of calendar 2011, the company noted a six-fold increase in revenue in Greater China year over year to $3.8 billion.

"This has been a substantial opportunity for Apple, and I firmly believe we are just scratching the surface right now," then Chief Operations Officer Tim Cook said. "I believe there is an incredible opportunity for Apple there."
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though it should be noted that China's hefty import tariff has already been bundled into the retail price.

What? Do they put them on a boat then go out into the harbor and turn around so they can qualify as being imported? They are manufactured there...


edit: I guess they could be from the Foxconn plant in Brazil.
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What? Do they put them on a boat then go out into the harbor and turn around so they can qualify as being imported? They are manufactured there...


edit: I guess they could be from the Foxconn plant in Brazil.

The import disparity comes from the absurd Bush approach to doing business with China in turn to get them to fund the Iraq War.

The Tariff of US corporate goods export to China is 25%. The Tariff import from China and Chinese corporate goods imports to the US at 5%.

That's a nice gig for China.
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So they have sold as many as they have, and they are not selling 3G ones in China yet? WOW.
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1) iPhone 4/5 on China mobile

2) iPhone 4/5 on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon

3) iPad 2 3G in China

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1) iPhone 4/5 on China mobile

2) iPhone 4/5 on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon

3) iPad 2 3G in China

See AAPL Go! (Although, it was a bit of a weird market move in the last hour trading today.....)
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The import disparity comes from the absurd Bush approach to doing business with China in turn to get them to fund the Iraq War.

The Tariff of US corporate goods export to China is 25%. The Tariff import from China and Chinese corporate goods imports to the US at 5%.

That's a nice gig for China.

you mean our government lied to us about spending $billions for the iraq waror is the war costing us $trillions? (the chinese are paying half)
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How come hardly anyone turned out to pick up an iPad 2? I should have realized that when the tech pundits claimed that the iPad was just a fad and everyone will return to using Windows netbooks in a few months.

/s
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Originally Posted by kresh View Post

What? Do they put them on a boat then go out into the harbor and turn around so they can qualify as being imported? They are manufactured there...


edit: I guess they could be from the Foxconn plant in Brazil.

It's more likely that the factory is located in a free trade zone and the import tax is assessed when it's bught to retail in china.
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Tim Cook is no longer the COO as mentioned in the last part of the article although maybe he was at the time he gave the quote
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After bring its focus to bear on the Chinese market,

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Or, grammar errors ...
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I fail to see how your posts are any different from the spambots that copy and paste the same block of text in rapid succession.

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You aren't adding to the discussion here, so stop it.

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