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Report: China to get iPhone 4 next month

China Unicom, the nation's second-largest carrier, is apparently getting Apple's iPhone 4 next month. China will also get the iPad.

Is the iPhone 4 coming to China?
Is the iPhone 4 coming to China?

China is getting the iPhone 4 next month, according to reports from state-controlled media there.

China Unicom, the country's second-largest mobile carrier, will start offering Apple's iPhone 4 in September, China's Caixin media group reported. Apple has also inked a deal with China Unicom to bring in its iPad tablet, the media group said.

The assertions made in the Chinese publication fall in line with a report last week from The Wall Street Journal, claiming Apple would start selling an iPhone with Wi-Fi capabilities in China soon.

Apple started selling the iPhone 3GS in China in October. At the time, the company only offered 3G capability, rather than Wi-Fi, due to China's requirement that all products use the country's Wired Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) standard. Caixin's sources did not confirm that the iPhone 4 will have its Wi-Fi capabilities turned on, though the Journal's report claimed that the next iPhone to be sold in China would have Wi-Fi capabilities.

Apple has yet to confirm the release of the iPhone 4 in China. But considering state-run media has confirmed that it will be offered by China Unicom, the chances of the device coming to the country seem greater than ever.

Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment.

(Via AFP)