An August launch for the iPad in mainland China seems very possible, but demand will depend on pricing and the carrier scores the rights to sell the device. Apple would also need to develop a model that operates on China’s different telecom standard.
China Mobile is the world’s biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers with over 500 million subscribers. It has repeatedly expressed its interested in selling the device, especially now that it is starting up an e-book business.
China currently has nearly 800 million mobile subscribers, the largest number of any country.