As Apple clears all the permissions, China to get the iPhone 6 by October 17, 2014.
Chinese users of the iPhone 6 may be able to get their hands on the latest iPhone by October 17. 2014, as Apple clears all the government licenses. Apple was waiting to get regulatory approval from the Chinese authorities, in order to sell the iPhone 6 in the mainland. In a statement released on Tuesday, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO said, “We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch.”
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had a few reservations about the security issues in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This was the reason why Apple did not get a license to sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the country all this while.
In an article published on the official website of China’s ministry, they said, “During our review, press reports accused Apple’s iOS of having 3 backdoor programs that can leak personal data.” After tests conducted by an agency, Chinese authorities summoned Apple representatives and asked for an explanation.
It was only after Apple assured the Chinese government that the three programs are only diagnostic tools and that Apple was not providing any backdoor programs, that the license was passed.
Chinese customers will be able to pre-order the device from October 10, 2014. The 16 GB iPhone 6 will retail from $860 and the iPhone 6 Plus will start at $990.
Since the launch, when it was announced that the China will not be one of the first batch of countries to receive the phones on September 19, 2014, the gray market has been abuzz with iPhone 6 sales in China. Since its launch, the Chinese police have confiscated more than 5000 iPhone 6s.