China has become an increasingly important market for Apple, driving explosive sales even as other regions see a slowing growth. As with other countries, Apple products represent highly coveted status symbols in China. But Apple can take advantage of the potentially huge base of customers there.
The device would be compatible with the network of Hong Kong's China Unicom, China's second-largest mobile operator. The company is Apple's partner in the release of other iPad devices.
Apple's latest versions of its iPhone and earlier versions of its iPad have already been approved and are sold in China. Vendors often begin selling new devices within weeks of network-access licenses being granted, according to Dow Jones.