Well, that was fast. Earlier this evening it was reported Apple was granted the green light by Chinese regulatory authorities to launch iPhone 6 sales in the country. Tonight, Apple has just issued a press release to officially announce Chinese iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales will launch on Friday, October 17.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in China will support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE on China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, with online pre-orders set to kick off on Friday, October 10. On Tuesday, October 14, customers can pre-order online via the reserve and pick up system.
“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “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 in China has a suggested entry price of 5,288 (RMB) or $860 USD for the 16GB model, while the 64GB model will cost 6,088 (RMB), and the 128GB model going for 6,888 (RMB). iPhone 6 Plus has a suggested retail price of 6,088 (RMB) or $1103 CAD for the 16GB model, while the 64GB version will cost 6,888 (RMB) and 7,788 (RMB) or $1267 USD for the 128GB version.
Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch on October 17 means the company will be able to debut their new models in China less than one month after the Canadian and US launch, which took place on September 19.