They will, however, be sold directly by Apple through its Apple Retail Stores in China, starting on September 17th at 10 am.
The Apple stores will offer a free setup service to everyone who buys an iPad, helping people customize their new iPad by setting up email and loading apps. There will also be special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about the tablet they’ve just bought.
The 16GB version of the WiFi-only iPad will cost CNY 3988 (approximately $590), the 32 GB version will be CNY 4788 ($709) and the 64 GB version will be CNY 5588 ($827). Nice to see Apple overuse the number “8″, which is supposed to be a very lucky number in China.
As for the 3G-enabled iPads, there’s still no word from China Unicom or Apple as to when they will launch in the Chinese market, but that may also happen at some point this year.
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