Apple has just announced that cellular editions of its fourth-generation iPad and first-generation iPad mini will be available in China from  Friday, 18 January.

The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available at Apple's retail stores, online store, and third-party retailers throughout the country. 

Apple currently makes the iPad available in more than 100 countries, including the US, UK, Australia, China, France, Germany, and Japan.

Apple CEO Tim Cook went on a media tour throughout China last week, telling reporters that cellular approval in the country delayed the wireless devices' release.

Cook has reiterated several times the importance of China as the war with Samsung rages on. On the company's first quarter earnings call he said "demand is off the charts in China", and we suspect we'll hear similar during the second quarter call next week.

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