Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has released WiFi + Cellular models of its iPad mini and iPad 4 in China, today. Apple announced the release of the tablets in China yesterday, with a two-week shipping wait on all iPad mini models since demand for the device remains exceptionally strong on the global scale.
U.K., Japan, and other countries face the same wait in iPad mini’s shipment, owing to the strong demand of the tablet device in the said region.
The iPad 4 Wi-Fi + cell version was listed with one to three working days for shipments, while Wi-Fi-only models were listed as being in stock.
It was reported that the Wi-Fi only models of Apple’s iPad mini and iPad were shipped to China on December 7th.
The company is now focusing on making China the biggest Apple’ market by lowering the prices of its flagship devices; iPhones and iPad mini tablets. According to CEO Tim Cook, China will eventually leave the US behind in becoming Apple’s largest customer of smartphones and tablets. Currently, Apple has 8 stores in four cities. China accounted for 15% of Apple’s revenue in its last fiscal year.
The iPad mini was developed with a focus on the low end market as the larger iPad proved to be too expensive for it. However, it seems as though iPad mini has gone a step further to take on the high end market.
As part of its new focus on Chinese market, Apple has also introduced an interest free, pay-by-installment plan in partnership with a Chinese bank.The strong demand for the iPad mini in China hints that the device could become the preferred Apple tablet in the Greater China region.
It was also reported that the iPad mini was sold sooner than expected when it first arrived in China. Apple is struggling to keep up with the insatiable demand for its iPad mini in China.
Apple’s sales are forecasted to mark a unit sales of 18.4 million for the Mini and the iPad 4 this quarter.