Apple has announced that the cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, which support networks including TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA and HSPA+, will be available in China starting this week. Earlier, only the Wi-Fi models of the devices were available in the country.
The 4G-equipped iPad Air 2 will be available for a suggested retail price of 4,488 RMB ($727) for the 16GB model, 5,188 RMB ($840) for the 64GB model, and 5,888 RMB ($954) for the 128GB model, while their Wi-Fi only counterparts are priced at 3,588 RMB ($581), 4,288 RMB ($695), and 4,988 RMB ($808), respectively.
Meanwhile the iPad mini 3 with cellular capabilities will be available in the country for a suggested retail price of 3,788 RMB ($614) for the 16GB model, 4,488 RMB ($727) for the 64GB model, and 5,188 RMB ($840) for the 128GB model. Wi-Fi only models are priced at 2,888 RMB ($468), 3,588 RMB ($581), and 4,288 RMB ($694), respectively.
In addition, the company is also offering silver or space gray models of the iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini, at more affordable prices.
The launch comes nearly a couple of weeks after an IDC report said that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in iPad shipments, with the Cupertino-based company expected to ship just 64.9 million units, which is 12.7 percent fewer than last year.