China missed the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus because Apple was waiting for the handsets to be approved by the Chinese regulators, and now Apple has been given the go ahead to launch their new smartphones in China.
The iPhone and the iPhone 6 Plus will launch in China on the 17th of October, and Apple will start taking pre-orders for both devices from Friday the 10th 0f October.
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.”
Prices for the iPhone 6 will start at 5,288 (RMB), which is about $860 at the current exchange rate, and prices for the iPhone 6 Plus will start at 6,088 (RMB) for the iPhone 6 Plus which is around $990 at the current exchange rate.
China is a big market for Apple, the company managed to sell over 10 million handsets with its international launch on the first weekend, and it will be interesting to see how many handsets Apple manages to sell in China on launch weekend.