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