Technology leader Apple announced this week that there mobile devices such as the iPhone 5 along with the iPad Mini and fourth generation iPad will be available for the first time in the People’s Republic of China.
In a statement released Friday morning by Apple, Wi-Fi versions of the iPad 4 and its little brother iPad Mini will be available in the Asian powerhouse starting on December 7 while the iPhone 5 is scheduled to hit the shelves a week later on December 14.
These three mobile gadgets are set to be sold on Apple Online Store, Apple retail stores, and select Apple resellers.
China has been a vital market for Apple over the last few years, generating roughly 15 percent or $23.8 billion of the tech firm’s revenue in the last fiscal year. Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook projected early this year to start shipping iPhone 5 in China around December but the final regulatory hurdles for iPhone 5 has just been solved as of late.
iPhone 5’s arrival could also help Apple restore its place among the top smartphone markers in the country after Researcher Canalys found out that iPhone’s shipments into the Chinese market has plummeted by 8 percent. Apple also fell outside the top five smartphone vendors in China, trailing tech rival Samsung (14 percent increase) and four Chinese phone manufacturers.
On the other hand, the iPad continued to make waves in the Chinese tablet arena as it gained a staggering 71 percent share in the particular market while Chinese tech giant Lenovo only gained 10 percent of the share.
Apple released the iPhone 5 in the last week of September then launched the fourth generation iPad and its newest tablet model, the iPad Mini, in North America and 30 more markets in early November.