Apple iPad, iPad mini cellular + Wi-Fi arrive in China Friday

Fourth generation iPad. Apple

Apple announced Tuesday it will launch the Wi-Fi and cellular versions of its iPad and iPad mini in China.

The tablets are expected to hit store shelves on Jan. 18 and will be available at the Apple Store, authorized retailers and online. The Wi-Fi only version of the tablets went on sale in China on Dec. 7.

On a recent trip to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Xinhua News Agency that China is the tech giant's second largest market and he believed it would become the first.

Meanwhile in the United States, Apple fans may see another round of iPads this spring, according to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White.

MacRumors reports that based on information at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, White predicts that Apple will release a new iPad and iPad mini in about two months.

In a recent report, White was quoted as saying:

"Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October."

Apple announced iPad mini on Oct. 23, 2012. The smaller iPad is 7.2 millimeters thick, 0.63 pounds, comes in white and slate black. The mini tablet's display is 7.9-inches with a 1,024 x 768 resolution. The tech giant also unveiled a fourth-generation iPad, which featured better hardware and a Lightning connector.

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