The new iPhone 6 will go on sale in China on October 17, Apple announced yesterday, about a month after the product made its debut in the US and elsewhere.
Wall Street Journal Relays:
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the network-access licenses to Apple’s new iPhones after the Cupertino, Calif., company addressed privacy concerns found in a government agency’s safety test, the regulator saidTuesday.
The ministry’s concerns included software that it feared could be used to allow outsiders to get access to user data.
Asked about the ministry’s concerns, an Apple spokeswoman declined to comment but pointed to the company’s recent statements on user privacy. In a letter published in September, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said it has never worked with any government agency to create “a backdoor” into its services or products.
The iPhone 6 hit shelves in 10 markets including the US, Japan and Hong Kong on September 19, then infiltrated 20 other markets about a week after.
Apple fans in China who haven’t yet snatched one can place orders online starting October 10 or reserve the phones for pick-up on October 14. The iPhone 6 will be available at the Apple Online Store, Apple stores and authorized resellers as well as carrier stores including China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom.
China was missing from the initial list of imminent iPhone 6 launch locations when it was unveiled last month, and its delayed release sparked a huge demand from customers who turned to the black market or overseas sellers to purchase the phone.
Customs, in the meantime, seized thousands of iPhones flowing into the mainland from Hong Kong via tea boxes, desert boxes and men’s underwear, among other clever methods.