3rd Gen iPad Approved for Sale in China

China’s government has approved Apple’s third generation iPad for sale, bringing the multimedia tablet even closer to store shelves in the country. Electronic devices like the iPad pass through several rounds of approval before they can officially be sold in China.

China gives Apple's third gen iPad the green lightChina gives Apple’s third gen iPad the green light

Government officials didn’t identify the newest iPad by name, but did include the product model number, A1430, along with a description of a 3G wireless data device, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The third generation iPad is actually 4G capable, although networks outside the United States and Canada aren’t supporting the 4G frequencies the tablet uses and instead fall back to 3G. China’s Unicom cell service provider offers 3G frequencies the iPad supports.

There hasn’t been an official announcement yet as to when the newest iPad model will be in stores in China, although products typically go on sale within a few weeks after approval.