The ongoing iPad 4 Vs iPad Mini Vs the rest of the tablet market debate is set to be blown wide open again this month, as Apple confirms that its two latest tablet PCs along with the iPhone 5 will finally be hitting the Chinese market.
One of the biggest and unquestionably the fastest growing Smartphone and tablet market in the world, Apple’s increased presence in China has the potential to take the company several steps beyond its current status.
December 14th will mark the official release date for the iPhone 5 in China, while physical Apple stores in the country will begin selling the iPad Mini and the iPad 4 shortly before. Both tablet ranges will however be Wi-Fi only, with no word as of yet whether or not a cellular version of either is in the pipeline.
Apple recently made a point of boasting that the iPad 4 and iPad Mini are currently being lapped up by 42 countries, while the iPhone 5 is making a name for itself in no less than 47 nations. It would therefore appear that China really is joining the new-Apple party a little on the later side. Nevertheless, with hundreds of millions of Smartphone and tablet PC subscribers and a known passion for the most prestigious technological products on the market, chances are Apple’s fortunes in the Far East are about to take a massive upward turn.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how the Chinese market reacts and responds to certain criticisms thrown at the new device range across the West. For example, the introduction of the Lightning connector stirred up controversy by effectively rendering billions of accessories redundant, the iPad 4 was accused of being a pointlessly minor upgrade of the new iPad and the iPad Mini continues to face accusations of being excessively overpriced and uncompetitive.