In an InformationWeek article today, Apple (News - Alert) announced that it intends to start offering the WiFi capable iPad in China this Friday. Apple explained they also plan on introducing the iPad in “many more countries,” later this year.
The 16 GB WiFi (News - Alert) capable version will reportedly be available in China for a little under $600, while the 32 GB will go for around $700 and the 65 GB for about $830. Interestingly, it is sold for only $500 in the U.S.
Prior to the anticipated availability of iPads in China, there have were a number of fake iPads running on Google’s Android (News - Alert) operating system through the black market. However, reports indicate that since they are in higher demand, they are much more expensive - ranging from $700- $1000.
This isn’t the first time Apple products have been on the black market in China. The same happened with copy cat iPhone’s (News - Alert) when the iPhone was first released. To avoid fake versions of their products, Apple has decided to shorten the lag time between the U.S. and China launches in the future.
Also according to InformationWeek, Apple has sold 3.3 million iPads since its release in early April, jumpstarting the market for tablet computers. With Apple opening the market up in other countries, sales are bound to rise even more in the next couple of months.
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Edited by Stefania Viscusi