iPad 4, iPad Mini with Cellular Expected in China on Jan 18

It was just last month that Apple announced it would make the iPhone 5 available in China, and the country certainly loved the new smartphone toy as over two million of the devices were sold during the launch weekend.

Apple also made both the iPad fourth-generation and iPad Mini available last December, although those didn’t sell well compared to the iPhone 5 sales.

Today, Apple is announcing they’ll be making the Wi-Fi and cellular models of the iPad fourth-generation and iPad Mini available in China, starting January 18.

This latest news comes hot on the trail of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s public visit to the country, where he confirmed they would be making the Wi-Fi and cellular models of the company’s latest iPads available this month.

According to Tim Cook, China is expected to be one of Apple’s biggest markets, and making the Wi-Fi and cellular models of the iPad fourth-generation and iPad Mini available there is a step in the right direction.

The iPad Mini’s Wi-Fi and cellular models will be available in two colors: black & slate or white & silver, and will retail starting at $459 for the 16GB model, $559 for the 32GB model and $659 for the 64GB model.

The fourth-generation iPad, with Wi-Fi and cellular models, will be available in black or white and will retail for $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.

The less popular iPad 2 will also be available at a cost of $399. All of the prices for Apple’s iPads in China will be exactly the same as they are in the U.S.

Chinese iPad customers will be able to pick up their new Wi-Fi and cellular iPads through a number of ways; via local Apple Store, through Apple’s Online Store or through authorized Apple resellers.

Written by Daniel Perez, edited by Mike Crook & Michael DeLisi