Apple Incorporation started selling the newest version of iPad tablet computers in China last July 20, hoping to increase better gains on the market that contributed 20 percent of its revenue during the second quarter of this year.
Apple stores and retail outlets in Beijing and Shanghai opened at 8 a.m. for customers waiting for their iPad reservations.
Last January, a police officer had to close the Sanlitun Shop in Beijing to ward off the crowd waiting outside as some threw eggs at the venue.
“If they keep making great products, I will keep buying,” said an iPad costumer outside the Sanlitun store. “The reason I don’t buy other products is because I don’t think they are as good as Apple’s.”
Apple’s iPad has been confronting problems with Samsung Electronics Corporation and Amazon.com Incorporation for marketing tablet computers. The strong demand for table computers led the International Data Corp to increase its forecast for the worldwide market to 107.4 million units compared to its previous forecast of 106.1 million units this year.
China has made an increasing amount of shares in sales for Apple since the beginning of the 2009. The country generated $7.9 billion in revenue, 20 percent or three times the level for this year, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said last April.
The brand new iPad tablet will cost $499 to $829 depending on the memory specifications and the gadget’s wireless-connection compatibility. Apple revealed the product with a retina display last March.