Apple quietly launches iPad (2022) with eSIM in China

Peter, 18 October 2023

Yesterday, Apple unveiled a new, lower cost Pencil. And if you open the Chinese press release for this announcement and scroll all the way to the bottom you will see that the company also introduced a new revision of the Apple iPad (2022). It’s only for China and the upgrade is really only new in that market. We can see why Cupertino didn’t want to make a big deal out of it.

What’s new is that the 5G versions of the tablet now support eSIM. Previously, you had to put in a nano-SIM card (and that is still an option), now you can skip the physical card if you want. Note that this is available only to China Unicom subscribers.

Apple quietly launches iPad (2022) with eSIM in China

Of course, Apple was already selling iPad (2022) tablets with eSIM in North America, Europe, India and other markets, which is why this announcement is only for China. The local market just doesn’t have many eSIM options and even the iPhones (which are eSIM-only in the US) still use physical SIM cards.

The 5G version of the iPad (2022) is available from at CNY 4,800 for a 64GB slate, up from CNY 3,600 for the Wi-Fi only version. The 256GB 5G model is CNY 6,000.

Source (in Chinese) | Via


Reader comments

checking a specs page wont cost me a penny

  • Jack
  • 21 Oct 2023
  • Ab@

It’s a waste of money. It’s a frankenstein device.......get a Pro on sale......wait for the Ipad pro 3...... or just get a basic iPad for $249 on sale all the time....

a specs page would be nice

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