Sales could begin in Beijing as early as next month
AllThingsD‘s John Paczkowski reported Tuesday that the WiFi-only version of the new iPad has been granted compulsory certification by China’s Quality Certification Center, clearing it for release on the mainland.
Sales of the new device began in Hong Kong and Singapore on March 16. According to Paczkowski, they could begin in mainland China as early as mid-April.
It’s not clear whether certification came before or after Tim Cook’s trip to Beijing, or whether this signals a resolution of Apple’s AAPL dispute with Proview over rights to the iPad trademark on the mainland.