Updated from 7:55 a.m. to include thoughts from Jefferies analyst.
Apple announced that it will be bringing the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display to NTT DOCOMO (DCM) network, starting Tuesday, June 10. "We are extremely happy for iPad to join iPhone on NTT DOCOMO's network," Cook said in a press release. "The results on iPhone have been tremendous, and we look forward to delivering iPad to NTT DOCOMO customers."
Both the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be available on DOCOMO's Xi LTE network.
Cook's comments about the iPad joining the iPhone on DOCOMO's network is important, considering the iPhone has obtained the top spot in Japan, due to the iPhone coming to Japan's largest mobile carrier. "And in Japan, where revenue was up 26% in spite of the foreign exchange headwinds and where our smartphone market share reached an incredible 55%," Cook said on Apple's recent fiscal second-quarter earnings call.
On the call, soon-to-be CFO Luca Maestri noted that iPhone sales were up over 50% year over year during the quarter.
In the second-quarter, Apple generated $3.96 billion in revenue from Japan, up 26% year over year, though that was down 20% sequentially, mainly because Apple's fiscal second quarter is typically its largest.
"With the addition of iPad alongside iPhone, we now offer the complete lineup of Japan's most popular mobile devices on the nation's most reliable LTE network," said Kaoru Kato, President and CEO of NTT DOCOMO in the press release. "We know our customers will enjoy using iPad Air and iPad mini, and anticipate that new customers will look to experience these amazing devices on our high-quality network with our new billing plan."