iPhone 5 is finally making its way to China according to the press release from Apple on Nov. 30. Also making a debut in China will be the iPad Mini and the iPad fourth generation. The iPhone 5 has been available in the U.S. since September 2012.
The iPad Mini and the iPad fourth generation will be available on Dec. 7. The iPhone 5 will arrive a week later on Dec. 14. This is per the press release.
Apple® today announced the Wi-Fi versions of iPad® mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina™ display will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and iPhone® 5 will be available on Friday, December 14. iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina display are currently available in 42 countries, and iPhone 5 is available in 47 countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.
China customers have been waiting for this release and can reserve their product on the day before the release. The networks they will be available to have not yet been released. Most likely China Unicom and China Telecom will be part of the networks. Keep on the lookout for their own announcements in the days to come.