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China's iPhones

Apple's devoted fans in China to finally get the iPhone 4S
THE CULT OF APPLE: A Swedish teenager shows his apple T-shirt as he waits with others in line to buy Apple's iPad 2 outside the Apple store in Stockholm. March 25, 2011. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The country that makes Apple's wildly popular iPhone 4S is finally going to see it for sale.

Apple has announced that the handset will be available in China Jan. 13, for a higher price than in the United States, although with some package options from China's state-run telecom operator China Unicom. The device and its predecessors have a massive following in China, where they are also assembled by low-wage workers under sometimes dangerous conditions.

Neither high product prices nor poor working conditions for Chinese laborers have stopped China from becoming Apple's second-largest retail market.