Remember earlier last month when references to two new iPad models were discovered in iOS 7.1? As suspected, they’re real, and they’re headed to China Mobile, but they aren’t so much “new” as they are simply tweaked iterations of the existing products. Aside from the support for different wireless networks, the specs of both tablets are exactly the same, and Apple will offer 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models of both iPads.
The TD-LTE versions of Apple’s iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display were made official Tuesday, both of which also support TD-SCDMA networks. China Mobile is one carrier that uses those standards, but Apple has also already been selling both tablets with support for HSPA+ networks as China works to expand its LTE coverage. As in most markets, Chinese consumers will pay a premium for the added connectivity options.
Apple said that it will sell the tablets direct through its Apple Store locations, online, and in authorized Apple reseller outlets. The 16GB iPad Air with TD-LTE support will start at 4,488 Chinese yuan ($723), while the iPad Mini with Retina display with 16GB of storage and TD-LTE support will start at 3,788 Chinese yuan ($610).