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.
China has been eagerly awaiting the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus since Apple’s big keynote earlier this month, but until the devices were awarded the necessary licenses, they could not go on sale. They finally received those on Monday, according to a Reuters report, and Apple announced pre-orders just a short while later.
Customers will be able to order their device starting this Friday, October 10, through the Apple online store. Starting Tuesday, October 14, Apple will begin taking reservations for in-store pickup. Both devices will then go on sale through Apple, as well as China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom, 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 CEO Tim Cook in a press release this morning. “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.”
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus initially launched in 10 countries on September 19. Apple received a record number of pre-orders a week earlier, and during launch weekend alone, more than 10 million devices were sold. They are the company’s fastest-selling iPhones to date.