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Apple Bringing iPad Mini And iPhone To Mainland China This Month

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News Posted: Fri, Nov 30 2012 10:11 PM
If you've paid any attention to Apple's obscene quarterly profits here lately, you may have noticed a trend: an increasingly gigantic portion of those profits are coming from sales in mainland China. The same country responsible for ripping off countless Apple products seemingly has a huge amount of citizens willing to pay for the real deal, and that single nation is quickly becoming one of the most important in Apple's sales channel. Just in time for the holidays, Apple has announced that the Wi-Fi iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad (with Lightning port) will be available in China starting Friday, December 7.

Moreover, the new iPhone 5 will be on sale there starting December 14. iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina display are currently available in 42 countries, and iPhone 5 is available in 47 countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.


The announcement is significant in a couple of ways. For starters, China is bound to buy a huge, huge share of these products, and secondly, it's mighty bold of Apple to open up supply to China with the holidays approaching in other key markets, when demand is expected to be at a record high. Perhaps it has found a few more production plants to bring online in order to make supply meet demand, but either way, it's looking like that Q1 2013 earnings call will be quite the celebration.
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Dorkstar replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 12:35 PM

I wonder if any of our "Made in the USA" apple products are going to find their way onto chinese shelves. 

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OSunday replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 1:18 PM

It's almost scary that Apple has been successful with sales primarily occurring in the U.S. with China buying their products too, their growth in general is going to explode. Not to mention Asia is more technologically savvy and interested in tech than most people in the U.S. are because of the huge online culture there.

I'm glad they'll at least have access to the option to buy the products that are made there, because before I thought it was just ironically cruel that most Apple products were made in China and not available there.

@Dorkstar, heck yeah I'm sure that'd be a surprise on both ends if "Made in the USA" was seen on products in China 

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