iPad clones slowly gaining popularity among Chinese users
Majority of bootleggers have trained their eyes on the new Apple iPad to gain quick profits since the gadget have proven to rake in profits since it was successfully launched in China. The Apple iPad cornered 95 percent of the worldwide tablet PC market in just the third quarter of this year.
As of now around 500,000 iPads have already been sold, and users found the iPad practical when it comes to reading books, playing videos, listening to music and surfing the net. The general manager of Shenzhen Hongliweiye Technology Development is known for their capability of producing bootlegged versions of electronics, cameras and computers said that if the follow Apple closely they are sure to make money. The iPad copies known as ePad are priced from 400 yuan to 2,000 yuan in shops found in the Huaqiangbei district, definitely cheaper that the iPad which costs at 500 to 700 U.S. Dollars. one shopkeeper states that he have already sold a thousand units since the copies were released.
The bootlegged ePad have the same external appearance of the iPad and its very popular with young people living in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, some of the bootlegged copies found its way to users in the Middle East and Africa as well. So far the first bootlegged copy is only a rough version of the iPad, factories are working hard to make an updated version of the iPad knockoff and might soon be able to make a much better copy.