The cellular versions of Apple’s iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad have received approval that will allow them to operate on the China Unicom and China Telecom 3G networks.
China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center TENAA listed the device as model number A1455 and A1460 respectively. Obtaining such a permit has always been an indication that a release date is imminent.
The cellular capable versions of the two devices are likely to be able to support all three of China’s wireless carrier’s networks — China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA, China Unicom’s WCDMA and China Telecom’s CDMA 2000.
The Wi-Fi only models of the iPad mini and the 4th-gen iPad debuted in mainland China on December 7th and the iPhone 5 hit the market there on December 15th.