Apple has announced that the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will be available to purchase in China on October 17. Pre-orders will kick off on October 10.
“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers will have access to high-speed mobile networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom for an incredible experience.”
The announcement comes after a long approval process, in which the Chinese government thoroughly scrutinized the new technology to make sure the "smartphones did not have security 'backdoors' through which U.S. agencies can access users' data," according to Reuters.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology just issued the license for the two new phones to operate on Chinese cellular networks.
Last Friday, both of the new iPhone 6s made their way to 22 more countries. The phones are now available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.
Demand should be high, as Apple recently revealed record sales for the new phones during their first weekend on the market. In just three days, Apple sold over 10 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Pluses.
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