ChiApple Apple might be closer to getting the iPad in China

On Wednesday, Apple crossed a barrier which had been preventing it from selling a 3G device in China. This could very well be the iPad, which Apple has had trouble selling in the country due to a legal battle.

On Wednesday, Apple crossed a barrier which had been preventing it from selling a 3G device in China. This could very well be the iPad, which Apple has had trouble selling in the country due to a legal battle.

ChiApple Apple might be closer to getting the iPad in China

According to the Wall Street Journal,

"According to the website of China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, an Apple device with third-generation, or 3G, data capabilities has been issued the license needed for the company to begin sales in China.

The device would be compatible with the network of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., Apple's longtime partner in releasing its popular iPhone and iPad devices. The notice on the website didn't name the device, listed as 'model number A1430.'"

An ID lookup on EveryMac.com’s product identifier reveals that the number A1430 belongs to the 3rd generation Apple iPad. This model includes both Wi-Fi and cellular service. Previously, Chinese regulators did approve a Wi-Fi only version of the iPad. However, this device never did go on sale anywhere in the country. This is likely due to Apple's legal battle with Proview, a Chinese manufacturer who claimed to own the 'iPad' trademark in China.

There is an enormous amount of growing that Apple could potentially do in China, and it needs to resolve its battles soon. This new step, whatever it was, could be very beneficial for Apple’s business in China, which is considered the most important market to Apple after North America.

In the meantime, Apple still needs to get a better foothold in the country. Currently, Android phones dominate the nation's market, and Microsoft recently claimed that Windows phone sales were also surpassing the iPhone there.

Source: Gigaom