China Unicom plans to launch Apple's latest iPhone next month in the world's largest mobile market, state-run media said Tuesday.

Apple also has agreed to let China Unicom, the country's second-largest mobile operator, distribute the iPad tablet computer in China, Caixin media group said, citing an unidentified source from China Unicom.

No timetable has been set for the iPad launch, the report said.

China Unicom has said previously it is in talks with Apple to sell the iPhone 4 and the iPad, which have launched around the world to much fanfare and are already available in China's flourishing grey market for Apple products.

The company started offering the iPhone 3GS model with wireless Internet capability earlier this month, with Apple's Beijing store selling out of the phone on the first day, Caixin said.

An official at China Unicom told AFP he could not confirm the deals.