American technology giant, Apple has launched the newest version of its tablet computer, the new iPad in the Chinese market without much fanfare amid a lawsuit over ownership of the name.
Several shoppers gathered outside company stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the new device. The launch comes after the Apple tok some steps to settle the legal dispute with a Chinese company, from which Apple claims had purchased the iPad name in 2009.
Apple had paid $60 million this month to settle a dispute with a local company, Shenzhen Proview Technology over the ownership of the iPad trademark name. The China Quality Certification Center had granted the China Compulsory Certification to the new iPad tablet computer earlier. The stamp is a mandatory requirement for the company aiming to sell the device in one of the biggest consumer markets.
Apple had not announced the time frame for the launch of the device in the country. It usually launches new products within weeks or months after they are launched in the US and other western countries. However, some vendors in the country were already managed to illegally import the device into the country and are now offering the same to the customers looking to buy the newest version of the tablet from the company.