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Friday, July 06, 2012, 12:29 pm PT (03:29 pm ET)

Apple rumored to launch third-gen iPad in China on July 27

On the heels of a settlement with Proview over the iPad name, Apple is now set to launch its third-generation iPad in mainland China on July 27, according to a new rumor.

The date comes from a Chinese-language report from PCPOP.com filed this week, highlighted by MIC Gadget. The tablet will reportedly be available for purchase in Apple's six retail stores in Greater China, as well as Suning electronics, one of the largest retailers in the country.

The rumored date comes quickly after Apple reached a settlement with Proview and obtained the right to use the iPad brand name in China. That deal is expected to help clear the way for Apple to begin the sale of its third-generation tablet.

The Wi-Fi-only variant of the new iPad gained regulatory approval in China back in late March. Then a month later, in May, the 3G version was also certified for sale by the nation's government.

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Outside of mainland China, Hong Kong was one of ten places the new iPad went on sale when it launched on March 16. It joined the U.S, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Last year, before the trademark dispute with Proview over the iPad name, Apple launched the iPad 2 in China much sooner. The May 6 launch in the mainland drew large crowds, filled with customers and scalpers alike, at Apple's retail locations.