Apple has been working to secure distribution for the iPad in the Chinese market and it now looks like their efforts may have paid off. Caixin Online, a Beijing-based news website, is reporting that China Unicom has finalized an agreement for the exclusive rights to sell the Apple iPad in China. China Unicom is already the exclusive distributor of the iPhone in China, the world’s largest mobile market.
According to the Caixin source, China Unicom has “secured the deal with Apple to introduce the iPad in China. But no timetable has yet been disclosed.” The iPad will use the same 3G micro SIM card China Unicom is planning to use for the iPhone 4 when it launches later this September.
Apple continues to grow its presence in the large Chinese market. Apple opened its first store in Sanlitun, Beijing in 2008 and recently added a new store in Pudong, Shanghai. According to Apple these expansion plans will continue, it plans to have a total of 25 stores in China by 2012.