Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group, says the iPad could give Apple a boost. “I see the iPad as a major win for Apple in China,” he said. “There’s not much competition in the market” and consumers say “they can’t wait for it.”
Though there is significant interest in Apple products in China, the company’s release of the iPhone has been lackluster compared to its release in other markets, in part because it took so long to officially launch the device here. In the more than two years between the U.S. iPhone launch its official launch in China, the gray market for iPhones—including millions of iPhones that were hacked and packaged with pirated software—became well-established….
Apple launched the iPad in China “fairly quickly after launching it globally. It’s not like people have had years to go and jailbreak them,” Rein said.
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