China Unicom will start selling Apple's iPhone with Wi-Fi capability next week, according to a report Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.
The report cites an unnamed China Unicom official.
Thein October, but with 3G cellular service only. Chinese regulations don't allow Wi-Fi devices that do not use the country's own wireless standard, called WAPI (Wired Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure). Apple chose to introduce the iPhone, but with Wi-Fi disabled, to get its foot in the door of the Chinese market.
Butsince early this year that a Wi-Fi iPhone is on the way to its customers. More evidence that the release was imminent came in July when Apple's phone with Wi-Fi capability .
China Unicom officials have also made it known, though Apple does not currently sell the iPad in China.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.