China's Unicom is likely to start selling Apple's iPad tablet computer in the world's largest Internet market by mid to late-September. But the launch of the trendy new iPhone 4 is expected to be delayed due to prolonged technical procedures to be able to add the latest iphone to Unicom's mobile network.
Previous reports said Unicom, China's second-largest mobile operator, planned to launch the latest iPhone sometime next month. A spokesman for China Unicom declined to comment on the timetable for the launch of the iPhone 4 and iPad, saying only that the company hoped to start offering the products "as soon as possible".
Apple's latest gadgets have been launched around the world to much fanfare and are already available in China's flourishing grey market for Apple products.
Unicom started distributing the iPhone 3GS model with wireless Internet capability earlier this month, with Apple's flagship Beijing store selling out on the first day, previous media reports said.
Not only is China the world's largest mobile market, with more than 800 million subscribers as of the end of June, it also has a total of 420 million people on the Internet, as per official sources.