Apple can officially sell the iPad in China without the fear of naming disputes and lawsuits. All it took was a $60 million settlement with Proview to placate Chinese authorities and the company which originally sold the name to Apple.
Apple originally purchased the iPad naming rights from Shenzen Proview Technology through a shell company in 2009, but the company claims the rights to the iPad name in China were never transferred and the Chinese government upheld this claim with a ruling in December.
The new settlement is expensive at face value, but $60 million is a low price to pay for the ability to sell the incredibly popular iPad in China.
The Associated Press reports that Proview was hoping for a much larger settlement, but pending bankruptcy filings and debt forced the Chinese company to accept the settlement. A lawyer for the company says that Proview may still go through bankruptcy even with the $60 million pay day.
Apple’s recent product launches have grown globally, and with the iPad name under control in the second largest market we can expect to see the iPad launch in full force in China, as the government has already approved one model.
Apple is gearing up to take the Chinese market. It would be very surprising if the iPhone 5 release date and the next iPad release date didn’t come to China within weeks or months of a global launch.
iOS 6, the next version of the popular software that runs on the iPad and iPhone ships with new features for China.
- Improved text input and built-in support for popular Chinese Internet services.
- New Chinese dictionary and improved text input.
- Mix full and abbreviated Pinyin and even type English words in a Pinyin sentence without switching keyboards.
- Support for over 30,000 characters.
- Baidu is a built-in option in Safari.
- Users can share videos directly to Youku and Tudou.
- Post to Sina Weibo from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari, and Game Center.
iOS 6 will arrive worldwide to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch this fall.