It's already, but a 4G will launch in China by the end of the month, Apple boss Tim Cook has said.
His Cookness was speaking to Chinese news outlet Tencent, spotted by my colleagues at . He didn't give an exact date for the network-equipped tablet though, saying only "late January".
The Wi-Fi-only iPad mini launched in China last month alongside the iPhone 5, and has proved very successful indeed. It looks as though Apple wants to build on this success by launching more models, so it obviously sees China as increasingly important.
Cook is over there now in fact, visiting Apple partners and government officials. He'll also be dropping in to "take a look at the excellent local employees". Apple will launch 25 more shops in China, though Cook gave no indication of timescale. He also met with China Mobile, but declined to provide any details on what was discussed. China Mobile -- the nation's biggest network -- doesn't stock the iPhone 5 at the moment, so that could all change.
Cook also had a kind word or two to say about his colleague Jonathan Ive, Apple's senior vice president of industrial design (and who's, following the ). Cook said working with Ive has been "the honour of my life". What a charmer.
He mentioned Steve Jobs, too. He and the late Apple co-founder may have had different personalities, Cook said, but they share the same goal of delivering "the most outstanding products [ever] manufactured".
Cook admitted Apple had had some trouble deploying its web-based services to China, but has discussed it with government officials, he said.
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