Even though the iPad can be literally purchased from anywhere in the world with the help of sites like e-Bay or Amazon, Apple made it available officially in several countries only now. We recently received news about the new iPad being released in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Montenegro for Eastern Europe countries and in Asian countries like Thailand or India.
For the moment, China is not among the countries to receive the new iPad, which we think is quite odd given the fact that it’s actually the country where Apple manufactures it. Moreover, we have to say that China plays an important role in Apple’s global distribution market because previous iPads were sold in more than 12 million units and iPhones in a whopping 35 million.
Translating this into smaller numbers, it means that China alone has accounted for approximately 20% of the revenue Apple made over the past years, with sales growing incredibly year upon year in China. Moreover, this growth and progress in China across all areas was also mentioned by Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, in several statements.
While people in China and tech journalists across the world wonder why Apple keeps delaying the launch of the new iPad, it looks like there is actually a tech-legal reason behind the decision. From what we managed to find out so far, Apple does have the approval from the Chinese government to launch the Wi-Fi version of the iPad but not for the one with 3G LTE connectivity, as it has not been certified to be used by telecom networks yet.
The new iPad requires 3G LTE, a telecom standard which has not been deployed yet in China and a few other countries across the globe. There’s an ongoing rumor in Asia that in fact, China’s Mobile 3G does not support the 3G LTE technology but so far nobody presented any proof in sustaining the idea.