New iPad Release Date in China Pegged for July 27th

Apple’s third-generation new iPad could hit China as soon as July 27th.

According to a report from Chinese blog MyDrivers, courtesy of UnwiredView, the new iPad release date in China is slated for the end of the month and specifically, on July 27th.

Apple has not confirmed that date as of yet.

The release date is apparently for the Wi-Fi model of the device and not the cellular enabled version and a rumored release date for the cellular variant of the new iPad remains a mystery.

Read: New iPad Review (3rd Gen).

The news comes shortly after Apple was able to settle a lawsuit with Chinese company Shenzen Proview Technology who once held the rights to the iPad name in China.

The new iPad might hit China on July 27th.

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Read: Apple Pays $60 Million to Settle iPad Naming Dispute in China.

After paying $60 million, Apple now owns the rights to the iPad name in China clearing the way for a full-fledged launch sometime in the future as China has already approved one iPad model for launch within its borders.

Apple has made it very clear that China is a market that it wants to tap into.

The company has been making a strong push into China as it has opened several retail locations where it offers its iOS-powered devices.

In addition to the new iPad, the importance that Apple has placed on China is evident in iOS 6 as a number of Chinese-specific features will be arriving with the software.

Those features include:

  • 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 be arriving this fall but it looks like the new iPad might arrive in China before it launches.

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