Apple has officially announced that the iPad mini, iPhone 5, and fourth generation iPad will launch in China next month. The confirmation came just after the iPhone 5 received certification in China.
From the press release:
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.
China accounts for 15% of Apple’s revenue. Apple has made a great effort to launch new products as soon as possible in China. In the past, it’s taken several months in the past to launch new Apple devices in China. This time around the fourth generation iPad and iPad mini arrive just a month after launch, while the iPhone 5 is only two months behind.