It's big news for Apple in China and the information comes straight to us from the iPad maker. Given how infrequently Apple issues press releases (compared to other tech makers in the mobile space) you know that when Apple speaks, something big needs to be said.

This morning, Apple announced that iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models with cellular networking are available in China starting this week.

"TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast networks, are all available in a single model," Apple says, "giving iPad Air 2 customers in China the ability to stay connected on advanced cellular data networks in China and around the world so they can go more places and do more things."

In China, securing regulatory approval for devices with cellular connectivity isn't a cake-walk. Consequently, it's understandable why Apple seems to be reveling in this announcement. With Chinese consumers becoming increasingly more obsessed with Apple products, the launch of cellular networking on Apple's hottest iPads will all but certainly lead to a sales boost for the Cupertino, California-based tablet giant.

Source: Apple