Apple has just announced that the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are set to be launched in China on Friday, Oct. 17.
The announcement comes shortly after today’s report that the Cupertino-based company has been granted final approval for the sale of the devices in the country by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
According to Apple’s press release, customers can start preordering the new iPhones from the Apple Online Store a week before the devices’ official launch, on Friday, Oct. 10. They can also begin reserving the new handsets on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for in-store pickup starting launch day, Oct. 17.
From then on, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple retail stores, and Apple’s partner stores in China through authorized resellers and the country’s three major carriers. “With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE,” Apple notes, “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus provide customers access to 4G/LTE networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom across mainland China.”
China, which is Apple’s biggest market, was expected to be among the countries where the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus would be initially released. But it was excluded from the first set of countries where the devices were launched on Sept. 19. It was also not included in the second set of countries for the new smartphones’ launch on Sept. 26.
The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were finally approved for sale in China after Apple addressed potential security issues raised by MIIT.