China will not be among the countries to receive the first iPhone 6 units

China will not be among the countries to receive the first iPhone 6 units
So, the iPhone 6 has been announced and will soon start rolling out to countries across the globe. Customers in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK will be able to pre-order a shiny new iPhone come September 12th, with the first wave of devices hitting said countries on the 19th.

What this list doesn't include is the biggest smartphone market – China. Probably not the best situation, as the country has been a big part of this year's successes in iPhone 5s sales. Not to mention that China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom started taking pre-orders earlier this month, claiming that the iPhone 6 will be available mid-September, and by the 2nd of the month, China Mobile had racked up 33,000 pre-orders. Maybe not an impressive number, but still one that was obtained in 2 hours of the pre-order page being up, and a week before Apple even announced the device officially. Reportedly, by September 9th, the pre-orders were “hundreds of thousands”.

Apple's own website also included China in the list of countries to receive the first wave of devices, however, it was quickly removed in an edit a few hours after the official announcement. So it seems like it was a last-minute change of plans. Media speculations suggest that Apple has not yet received a routine certification from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. MIIT's website has not yet listed the new iPhones as approved, which is usually the case before a new handset is launched in China.

Apple hasn't commented yet, though various 3rd party retailers in China have confirmed that the launch date for the country has been pushed back, though none of them were able to give a concrete date. The three carriers that sell Apple's handsets have taken down their pre-order pages and mum's the word on when they will be back up again.

If the only hold-back is MIIT's green light, Apple will be able to proceed with selling the device as soon as it gets the nod, so that shouldn't be much of an issue. Otherwise – we wonder what would hold Cupertinians back.


source: Reuters

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19 Comments

1. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

China doesnt need iphone anyway.... they have way way way better phones of their own... so atleast china should not have a lower midrange phone which cost more than 10gram of gold

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

33.000 on orders already for this garbage phone, that fans and users are really pisset of, of Apple. Lmfao. Weird 33.000 people living in China.

8. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

wonder why android fans get so personnel with apple in everything,especially if u have zero intention to buy it. personally, i have both device, thats the best of both world

11. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Im an android fan but im not one of them..this kind of people is pathetic.

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2939; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

They are either in their early teens or their brains haven't fully developed yet. One or the other...or both :)

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yeah, ifan before so my brain is still under developed... but thats ok bcoz I left apple forever a year ago

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Because Apple are patent trolls. Because Apple milking our innocent non informed users and brainwashing them, by telling them BS and lies, iBoy. Looks like I hit your nerve? Try to stay on the subject rather than your assumptions and jealousy.

9. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

oh cmon dont comment like fanboy

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

O come on, I'm no fanboy. But a fanboy of designer brands and Exynos.

17. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

It's hard to believe someone who trolls PA articles 24/7 and is a biggot Samsung fanboy could possibly afford designer brands like Prada. I'm sure you're living in your mom's basement and leaching your neighbor's wifi to troll all day long. You're only pissed off because your mom won't buy you an iPhone. smh

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

no bro... it is not about pissing off... it is about educating izombies that iphone is too overly priced ancient hardware(lets say midrange phone)... I will love it if I enlighten any izombie

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Because the Chinese doesn't give a rat's ass about this phone. Been to Shenzen last year and I barely saw somebody holding an iPhone,

3. sandyzoen

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I am Chinese,but i don't know why China will not be among the countries.many Chinese use iphone except me,because it is too expensive for me.

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

More like overpriced midrange phone.

6. sandyzoen

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

yes,i agree with you.

7. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

You mean overpriced entry level phone?

10. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

The irony.

12. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Poor china, makes iphones for the world Wont even get it first. ILol. Apple is cruel.

19. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

Apple if**kKKKKKKKKKKzzzZZZZ

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