Apple CEO Tim Cook, in talks with news outlet Tencent has promised that iPad Mini with cellular will be available in the Chinese market by the end of January.
The iPad Mini with Wi-Fi was launched in China on December 7. Since then, the device has proven extremely successful, with Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White saying last month that consumers in China and Hong Kong have “an insatiable appetite” for Apple’s smaller slate.
“Prior to the China launch, we indicated that the iPad Mini would be the ‘next big thing in China’ and we believe this phenomenon is starting to develop,” White said in his note to investors. “In our view, the smaller form factor and lower price point will allow Apple to sell the iPad Mini in more meaningful volumes versus the regular-size iPad.”
Although the iPad Mini will be capable of connecting to 4G networks, they’re not ubiquitous across China. However, 3G networks are, making it easy for users to connect to the Web while away from a Wi-Fi signal.
Cook on his second visit to China in less then a year marked the following during his visit:
- Apple plans to open more than 25 retail stores across China. He didn’t say how long it will take to hit that goal.
- Cook acknowledged that Apple has faced some difficulty getting its Web-based services to China in a timely manner, but said that he has spoken with government officials to discuss the topic.
- He mentioned Steve Jobs in his interview, saying that while he and Apple’s late co-founder have different personalities, they share the same goal of delivering “the most outstanding products manufactured.”