updated 11:00 am EDT, Tue July 19, 2011
China still playing catch-up with Apple products
China Unicom will "soon" send people to the US to discuss bring the 3G version of the iPad 2 to China, reports local website cctime.com as quoted by Bloomberg. In particular the information is said to come from Yu Yingtao, a manager at Unicom's sales department. Yu's information is also said to indicate though that the timing of a product launch is unknown, since it involves satisfying certain Chinese policies.
Some of Apple's Chinese product launches continue to lag behind those in North America and Europe, namely when it comes to iPhones and iPads. The country's government enforces elaborate tests and requirements for networked mobile devices, particularly in terms of security, as its rulers are concerned with imposing censorship and cracking down on political opposition. The first iPhones to ship to China -- arriving months after their US counterparts -- were in fact stripped of Wi-Fi to cope with local laws. More recent models are intact.