The Chinese government has given its approval for Apple to start selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in the country.
Apple confirmed it would begin selling the phones in China on 17 October, with pre-orders available from 10 October. The three main carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom – will all offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for sale.
Tim Cook said the ability to start selling the new phones in China was great news, especially as they would bring 4G capabilities to buyers.
“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” he said.
“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.”
China's absence from the list of countries where the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be sold was notable, with security issues reported as the cause of the delay. A statement on a Chinese government website, translated by Google, seems to suggest Apple was able to reassure the government on these concerns.
These issues related to concerns that a device owner's financial information could be reviewed by anyone carrying out repairs on a device, as well as warnings over the ability for hackers to access phone data.
The statement also mentions national security, noting that Apple told the government there are no 'backdoors' in the phones to allow it to gather or pass on data to the US government.
Apple will be pleased to have secured Chinese clearance to sell, as the country is key to its financial success given the size of the market.
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