China is the world's largest smartphone market. It makes sense for Apple to bring its latest iPhones there.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has approved the sale of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the country. The decision should boost Apple's revenue and market share. On its website, the Cupertino-based technology giant said that it will begin selling in China on October 17, through retail stores and major carriers including China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom.
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It will also be available online and at authorized resellers. Chinese Apple users can pre-order their iPhones starting October 10 and reserve them for in-store pick-up on October 17.
China is the world's largest smartphone market. It makes sense for Apple to bring its latest iPhones there. In the previous quarter, Apple got 15.8 percent of its revenues from the country. Last year, Apple signed a deal with China Mobile, bringing the company's iPhone to more than 700 million subscribers.
Prior to the deal, Apple encountered compatibility issues with the Chinese network. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, allowing them to work with 4G/LTE networks across the mainland.
“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.”
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Available in gold, silver, and space gray, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are priced at 5,288 (RMB) and 6,088 (RMB), respectively, for the 16GB. The 64GB version costs 6,088 (RMB) and 6,888 (RMB), respectively, while the new 128GB model is priced at 6,888 (RMB) and 7,788 (RMB).