BEIJING – Apple Inc. is one step closer to the beginning of the iPad tablet computer compatibility second network provider of sales for the first time in China, where consumer-electronics giant is in the midst of aggressive expansion.
According to the China Certification Center for Telecommunications Equipment, the device by Apple with a third-generation high-speed wireless data capabilities provided by the network access permit is required for companies to begin official sales in China. The device, listed under the model number “A1396″ compatible with the WCDMA 3G standard, and works on the cellular networks operated by local partners Apple iPhone, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. China Unicom declined comment.
Apple offers a 3G iPad 2 to Hong Kong through its partner, but currently only offers Wi-Fi version of the device in mainland China. However, consumers in China, according to research firm IDC surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest PC market in the second quarter, is buying the 3G tablet through official channels.
Separately, Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said Tuesday that the company’s first Hong Kong store, set to open this quarter, will be located in the downtown business district and shopping at the mall IFC International Finance Centre upscale, a commercial center and tourist attractions in along the coast of the city. Wu also said that Apple plans a new store in Shanghai end of this quarter, which is the largest store in China. He declined to give further details or comment on the 3G iPad 2.
Apple currently has four full-service Apple store in mainland China, who received the most traffic of any Apple stores around the world. Other companies will rely on resellers to get products to market.
This new store reflects the confidence of Apple to the increasing demand for products such as smartphones and tablet computers. Sales in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have helped increase the company’s third quarter results, newly appointed Chief Executive Tim Cook said in July. Mainland China revenue jumped six-fold to approximately $ 3800000000 during the three months ended June 25.
“This is a great opportunity for Apple and I strongly believe that we are only scratching the surface now,” Cook said at the time, referring to strong sales in Greater China. “I saw a great opportunity for Apple there.