Apple has announced that cellular models of the new 10th generation iPad will now be launching in China beyond the initial WiFi-only variants. Slated to launch on October 25th, these cellular iPads represent the first in China to support eSIM functionality for flexible wireless connectivity.
According to Apple’s press release, the 64GB cellular iPad will cost 4,799 RMB while the 256GB model is priced at 5,999 RMB in China. Pre-orders kick off October 19th.
The cellular models allow users to activate a data plan directly on the iPad through Apple’s collaboration with carrier China Unicom. Users can also opt to use a physical SIM card provisioned by the carrier if preferred.
This eSIM integration enables fast and seamless connection to cellular networks without needing to use a physical SIM card. Apple touts it as a more secure and convenient solution for connecting the new iPad.
The latest 10th generation iPad features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic chip. It also comes equipped with a 12MP front-facing camera for video calls and selfies, along with an updated 12MP rear camera capable of capturing 4K video.
Overall, the new iPad brings key hardware updates like USB-C, a redesigned flat-edge chassis, Touch ID power button, and shared compatibility with iPad Air accessories.
For Chinese customers, cellular models bring the added convenience of untethered internet access on the go or away from WiFi hotspots. The eSIM functionality furthers the iPad’s capabilities as an always-connected mobile device.
The China launch comes after Apple announced availability of 5G-enabled iPad models in over 30 other regions last month. As adoption of 5G networks accelerates globally, Apple aims to keep its tablets ready with easy cellular connectivity.
The latest iPad illustrates Apple’s goal of blending hardware advances with services innovation to create more versatile, connected devices. For many consumers, cellular and eSIM support may prove to be key selling points that warrant the upgrade.