Apple just issued a press release confirming the availability of iPhone 4S in China and 21 other markets starting Friday, Jan. 13. This comes just over a week after the device received necessary certifications from the Ministry of Industry and Information and Technnology of China.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said this about the announcement in a statement earlier today:

“Customer response to our products in China has been off the charts. With the launch in China next week, iPhone 4S will be available in over 90 countries making this our fastest iPhone rollout ever.”

All other markets gaining access to the iPhone 4S beginning Jan. 13 include: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, China, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.

Although there is no indication of carriers in the press release, the country’s third-largest carrier China Unicom is currently the sole provider of the iPhone in China. Apple has not confirmed whether they plan on expanding carriers to reach an untapped market outside China Unicom of approximately 1.33 billion people. As of their latest earnings call, CEO Tim Cook announced $3.8 billion of sales in China for the June quarter, which is a six-fold increase from the year-ago quarter and it is 13.3-percent of Apple’s entire business by revenue. Apple is expected to announce its 2012 first-quarter financial results on Tuesday, Jan, 24.

The full press release is available after the break.

iPhone 4S Arrives in China on January 13

CUPERTINO, California―January 4, 2012―Apple® today announced that iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, will be available in China and 21 additional countries on Friday, January 13. iPhone 4S is packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features.

“Customer response to our products in China has been off the charts,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With the launch in China next week, iPhone 4S will be available in over 90 countries making this our fastest iPhone rollout ever.”

Beginning Friday, January 13, iPhone 4S will be available in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, China, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.

iPhone 4S comes in either black or white for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model.* iPhone 4S is sold through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4 is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 3GS is available for free with a two year contract from participating carriers.

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