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iPad heading to China on Friday

Apple is launching its Wi-Fi iPad in China on September 17. The company will offer 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models of the tablet.


Apple's Wi-Fi-only iPad is launching in China this week, the company announced Monday.

Starting Friday, consumers in China will be able to buy the 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB iPad from Apple retail stores, as well as "select" Apple resellers. The 16GB model will retail for approximately $590, while the 32GB and 64GB versions will set customers back $708 and $826, respectively. The device boasts the same features as the current version of the iPad available elsewhere around the world.

It's worth noting that China will not be getting the 3G version of Apple's tablet on Friday.

Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment on whether the 3G version of the device will eventually be made available to Chinese customers.

China has been home to several iPad clones. Earlier this year, for example, a device called the iPed was made available for $105 in the country. It was powered by an Intel chip and ran Android 1.5.

Apple's iPhone has been available in China for almost a year, though that initial version had only 3G capability, with Wi-Fi not enabled. The latest version, the iPhone 4, reportedly set to go on sale shortly.