China is quickly becoming one of the largest, most important markets in the world. Today, Apple announced launch dates for both the iPhone 5, as well as for the Wi-Fi models of the iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad for the Chinese market.
The iPhone 5 will be shipping on December 14th, while Wi-Fi-only models of both the iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad will be available on December 7th. The Chinese launch will likely give Apple a huge boost in sales, though it should be noted that these devices have been sold in Hong Kong since their original launch, allowing some consumers to already purchase the device. It was also possible to obtain the devices in other ways, as well: Apple products are a hot commodity on the gray markets.
Apple today announced the Wi-Fi versions of iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina™ display will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and iPhone 5 will be available on Friday, December 14. iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina display are currently available in 42 countries, and iPhone 5 is available in 47 countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.