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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus preorders hit 4.85 million in China

Photo: JD.com

Photo: JD.com

China may be getting the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus a little later than many parts of the world, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed down demand any.

Ever since being made available for preorder late last week, upwards of 4.85 million iPhone 6 family handsets have reportedly been ordered, according to the Chinese live tracking website JD.com.

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China pre-orders 2 million iPhone 6 handsets in just 6 hours

Apple is likely to receive final approval for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to go on sale in China on October 1.

More than 2 million Chinese customers have already placed orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Forget those ridiculous rumors that the huge quantities of smuggled handsets had all but killed iPhone 6 interest in China! According to new reports coming out of China, both retailers and carriers have taken in a massive 2 million reservations just six hours after putting the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on earlier-than-expected pre-order.

It was previously announced that customers would be able to place orders for the iPhone on Friday, October 10, with the devices finally going on sale one week later on October 17.

However, that edict appears to have been ignored, since all three major Chinese carriers — including China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom — are already taking orders.

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China using jailbroken iPhones to spy on Hong Kong protesters

Protesters in Hong Kong hold their phones high. Photo: AFP

Protesters in Hong Kong hold their phones high. Photo: AFP

As thousands of protesters flood the streets of Hong Kong demanding a democratic election, the Chinese government is reportedly using sophisticated malware to spy on not only Android devices, but iOS devices as well.

But don’t worry about China peeking at your Snapchats. There has yet to be a widespread instance of iOS malware in the wild, and this particularly “advanced” trojan still requires a tremendous amount of complicit behavior on the victim’s part.

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iPhone 6 officially goes on sale in China on October 17

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iPhone 6 is finally coming to China. Photo: Apple

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will officially be available to pre-order in China from Friday, October 10, ahead of their launch a week later, Apple has confirmed. The news comes just hours after the Cupertino company’s new smartphones finally received approval from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

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Smugglers claimed to have exhausted China’s iPhone 6 interest

Apple is likely to receive final approval for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to go on sale in China on October 1.

Apple is likely to receive final approval for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to go on sale in China in October.

Due to challenges receiving regulatory approval, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has yet to make it into China through official channels.

That’s not enough to stop the New York Times running a story claiming that scalpers have already exhausted demand for Apple’s next gen handsets in the country that may one day overtake the U.S. in terms of iPhone sales, however.

The article notes that, despite the fact that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will not officially go on sale for a few weeks (October 10, according to a leaked memo), the gray market has “already dried up” — with wholesalers who smuggled tens of thousands of iPhones into the country being forced to “[slash] prices to move inventory.”

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Samsung moves Note 4 launch date to beat iPhone 6 into China

The iPhone 6 came in like a wrecking ball... Photo: Vevo

The iPhone 6 came in like a wrecking ball… Photo: Vevo

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a 10 million unit selling wrecking ball — and Samsung is running scared.

Trying to boost its falling mobile sales, Samsung announced on Wednesday that its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea as early as this Friday, with the handset available on all mobile carriers in both countries by the end of the month.

For those keeping track, that’s before much of the rest of the world, including the U.S.

Why are China and South Korea getting Samsung’s flagship handset before nearly everyone else? Because the iPhone 6 isn’t available in these markets yet, which has caused a mad dash for the South Korean company to try and get in there first — particularly since the massive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has now neutralized Samsung’s big-screen differentiator.

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iPhone 6 in final approval stage ahead of China launch

It's unknown exactly when China will receive the long-awaited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone 6 will be going on sale in China “very soon.”

The iPhone 6 may be on the verge of officially going on sale in China, according to a top government regulator speaking on Tuesday.

As one of Apple’s most promising markets (which may one day even overtake the U.S. in terms of sales), the disappointing lack of iPhone 6 in China was the result of Apple incurring challenges receiving regulatory approval from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

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iPhone 6 resellers crowd out Apple fans at front of lines

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Customers outside the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco, moments before the door opened Friday. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

SAN FRANCISCO — Since Apple won’t be selling the iPhone 6 in China for some time, early buyers of the smartphone have an opportunity to make a quick profit by reselling the hot handset on the gray market.

The first 50 people in line at Apple’s San Francisco store this morning appeared to be iPhone resellers — a pattern that seems to be  have been repeated worldwide on the first day of iPhone 6 sales.

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Apple needs one more ‘critical license’ to launch iPhone 6 in China

Chinese customers are having to wait a bit longer than everyone else to get their hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Chinese customers are having to wait a bit longer than everyone else to get their hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Apple may be halfway there when it comes to receiving the necessary regulatory approval for the iPhone 6 to go on sale in China.

As per China’s official Xinhua news agency, Apple has now received regulatory approval for the iPhone 6’s use on domestic frequencies, although it requires one other “critical license” before it is able to go on sale.

According to a recent Bloomberg report, Apple’s delayed entry into China with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is the result of a disagreement with the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which tests all new phones before they may enter national telecom networks.

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India will have to wait until mid-November for iPhone 6

Apple has sold 1 million iPhones in India this fiscal year, representing a major milestone for the company.

Indian Apple users are going to have to wait until mid-November to get their hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Massive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus preorders mean that Apple fans in India are going to have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the company’s next generation handsets.

Originally Apple said that the iPhone 6 family of devices would go on sale September 26, only for that date to quickly slip to October 17, and now again back to mid-November.

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