Apple has announced today that it will be bringing the iPhone 5, the iPad mini, and the 4th-generation iPad to China over the next several weeks. This follows word earlier this week that the iPhone 5 had received final certification in the country.
From the Apple press release, via MacRumors:
Apple today announced the Wi-Fi versions of iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina display will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and iPhone 5 will be available on Friday, December 14. iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina display are currently available in 42 countries, and iPhone 5 is available in 47 countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.
Apple’s Chinese product releases have lagged well behind those in other countries, but the company has been working to shorten the time gaps. China now accounts for 15% of Apple’s revenue, making the country a significant market for the company.
The iPhone 5 will be arriving in China roughly two and a half months after it’s first round of launches. The iPad mini and 4th-gen iPad will arrive just a month after their initial debuts.