The real iPad seems to have kicked the feet from under the many imitation iPads which have been around for some months.
Wu Xiaolong, the general manager of Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial said the company had already lost a major order for its iPad-like touchscreen "P88," which was launched in August, months before Apple’s product.
He said, "Our products are more expensive than theirs. There had been a Canadian university planning to buy our tablet PCs for their students, but they cancelled the order to shift to the iPad."
Apple has yet to announce a launch date for the iPad in China but May seems at least possible.
China’s grey market for Apple products developed to meet demand from consumers eager to get their hands on iPhones, which officially only went on sale in China in October, more than two years after it was launched in the US.
AFP reports that 1.5 million smuggled iPhones flooded into the world’s biggest mobile market before Apple reached an agreement with a Chinese network operator.