Apple has officially announced that sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will begin in China on Friday, October 17. Handsets will be available via Apple’s online store, Apple retail stores, Apple authorized sellers, and all three major wireless carriers.
Customers can pre-order iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from the Apple Online Store beginning Friday, October 10. Beginning Tuesday, October 14, customers can reserve the new iPhones for in-store pick-up starting Friday, October 17.
“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.”
Reuters reported yesterday that Apple had received the second and final regulatory license the company needed to sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China. Apple was finally able to reassure the Chinese government that the smartphones did not have security “backdoors” through which U.S. agencies can access users’ data.