Fri, May 06, 2011
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Apple's iPad 2 madness lands in China

2011-05-06 09:30:26 GMT2011-05-06 17:30:26(Beijing Time)  China Daily

An apple-fanatic holds a camp chair while waiting outside an Apple Store in Beijing, capital of China, May 6, 2011. iPad 2, the second generation of Apple's iPad tablet, was put on sale on Chinese mainland on Friday. Many apple-fans started to wait in queue from Thursday night. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

Apple-fanatics wait outside an Apple Store in Beijing, capital of China, May 6, 2011. iPad 2, the second generation of Apple's iPad tablet, was put on sale on Chinese mainland on Friday. Many apple-fans started to wait in queue from Thursday night. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

An apple-fanatic holds her baby while waiting outside an Apple Store in Beijing, capital of China, May 6, 2011. iPad 2, the second generation of Apple's iPad tablet, was put on sale on Chinese mainland on Friday. Many apple-fans started to wait in queue from Thursday night. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

A man shows an iPad 2 he just bought outside an Apple Store in Beijing, capital of China, May 6, 2011. iPad 2, the second generation of Apple's iPad tablet, was put on sale on Chinese mainland on Friday. Many apple-fans started to wait in queue from Thursday night. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

People queue in front of an Apple store in Beijing Friday, the launch day of iPad 2 in the Chinese mainland. (SINA photo)

People queue in front of an Apple store in Beijing Friday, the launch day of iPad 2 in the Chinese mainland. (SINA photo)

Apple's iPad 2 (Wi-Fi only) went on sale on the Chinese mainland Friday, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

Prices for this generation of devices are lower than iPad 1, with 16GB model being sold for 3,688 yuan ($ 568), 32GB model for 4,488 yuan, and 64GB model for 5,288 yuan, the newspaper confirmed with the tablet maker.

The lower prices, better function and sufficient stock will squeeze the profit space of scalpers and other tablet computer makers, the report said.

According to the latest survey by Nielson, Apple's iPad took the largest share (82 percent) in the US tablet market, split between Wi-Fi only models (43 percent) and 3G+Wi-Fi (39 percent). Samsung, Dell and Motorola came after Apple -- with 4 percent, 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively, in the market.

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