Apple has rolled out TD-LTE compatible models of its iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display in China today, giving customers access to speedier cellular data networks on China Mobile, which runs this particular 4G standard.
The iPad Air with Wi-Fi and cellular TD-LTE retails from CNY4,488 ($721) for the 16GB model to CNY6,588 ($1,060) for the 128GB model. TheÂ iPad mini with Retina display supporting Wi-Fi and cellular TD-LTE is selling from CNY3,788 ($609) for the 16GB model to CNY5,888 ($947) for the 128GB model.
Chinese authoritiesÂ issuedÂ 4G licensesÂ to the three major telecommunication operators in the country last year, afterÂ Apple gained regulatory approvalÂ for its iPhones toÂ run on the TD-LTE standard used by China Mobile for its 4G networks. Subsequently, Apple struck aÂ long-awaited deal with the worldâs largest mobile network boasting more than 760 million subscribers â and China Mobile finally started selling the iPhone in January this year.
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