Apple blossoms in China!

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    I was at the Apple store in Beijing on Friday for the iPad China launch.

    And what a classy launch it was... Good numbers of demos were available, there were many well-trained and eager staff to lend a helping hand, and there was plenty of stock (so everyone who wanted one, left happily clutching their prize).

    No doubt, the iPad will change the game for the Apple brand in China.

    Oh yes... and I spoke with Ms Wang, among others, who loves it!

    Best regards from Beijing


    Shi Jin

    BTW If you would like to read my full report from the visit (also lots more photos), please click on ChineseCurrents.com

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    So, did you buy one?
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    Hi j0yful

    I went there to see what all the fuss was about. And to get enough material to enable me to write a story about the event (I write about brands in China).

    I had never actually thought about buying one... until, that is, I talked to Chong, one of the Apple helpers there.

    What he told me allayed my concerns about:

    1) lack of 3G (the China iPads are not enabled, but there's a device that you can buy that "talks" to the iPad);

    2) not being able to easily transfer photos from my camera (Chong told me that Apple sells a compatible card-reading device);

    and 3) the surfing experience (which is brilliant I now realise).

    That resolved, I was won over. Trouble was, I didn't have a card or enough money with me...

    So... I'll be going back tomorrow!

    Watch this space.

    Best regards from Beijing.


    Shi Jin

    BTW: my iPad launch in China story is at http://www.chinesecurrents.com/
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    1. ipad with 3g is available already, though not in China. you can just wait for that model to be release. rather than buying a device.
    2. yes it can transfer pics from your camera to ipad, using the camera connector kit
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    Funny thing is, I use nothing but my iPad for everything I do.
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    My first Apple computer!

    Well, it took me a while.

    But I finally got there. I bought the 64GB in Beijing a few days ago.

    I'm delighted, but my 6 year-old daughter isn't.

    She can't play games or see videos on her favourite web site... barbie.com, because (so we are told) Apple doesn't allow flash to run on its devices.

    She asked me why.

    Please can anyone help me explain?

    Thanks!

    Best regards from Beijing.


    Shi Jin
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    It is great that the Chinese people can finally enjoy the fruit of their labor and purchase the product that they work so hard to produce for the rest of the world. I was surprised that the iPad wasn't launched in China as part of the first international launch.
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    There may not be "an app for that", but there is a thread for it...

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-general-discussions/10585-flash-debate.html
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    simple shi jin, Flash doesnt work on ipad. there are a lot of free games on app store where your daughter can enjoy it.
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    Thanks!

    I spent some time going back through the previous "Flash debate" threads. Goodness me, what a can of worms.

    As far as my 6 year-old is concerned (whose favourite website is Barbie.com), the issue of battery drain is a tricky one to explain.

    The security threat I read about, though, is a far more persuasive reason why it doesn't work... Sort of Flash as the Big Bad Wolf masquerading as the adorable grandmother... so best to keep the door bolted.

    I can't help thinking though that I - as a responsible parent - should be allowed to decide whether to open the door or not.

    Best regards from Beijing


    Shi Jin

    www.ChineseCurrents.com

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