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Apple informed the top-three carriers in China on Wednesday it would not be offering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19, leaving them caught off-guard, the New York Times reported. China is seen as the company’s fastest growing market, so it’s definitely an odd move, as China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom and customers in the area are eagerly awaiting the launch alongside the US and other countries worldwide.

The decision to delay the launch of the new iPhone 6 models in China doesn’t appear to be made by Apple. The New York Times reports that Apple did not explain the delay to executives at the carriers, however it appears the phones haven’t received approval from Chinese regulators to go on sale. Apple’s Chinese website stated that the date of the iPhone 6’s availability would “be updated soon.”

One theory for the Chinese regulators delay to approve the new iPhones could be out of revenge/weariness. The state-run CCTV reported in July that iPhones allow a user’s location to be tracked, which could potentially put Chinese government officials at risk. Apple shot the report down very quickly with a bold statement denying the claims.

“Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a back door in any of our products or services,” the statement said in July. “We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will. It’s something we feel very strongly about.”

Apple hasn’t commented officially on the iPhone 6’s delay in China. A China Telecom sales manager told the New York Times Apple’s reasoning wasn’t detailed, saying “there are some details which are not ready.”

[NY Times]

  • Rowan09

    Well, if anyone from China wants an unlocked model just let me know, I’ll sell you one.

    • Jad Boukai

      Name your price

      • yep

        Hey, sup Jad? I’ll sell you one for 69 bucks.

      • Jad Boukai

        It’s a very tempting deal. The phone would be unopened I presume

      • yep

        No, i opened it and… used it. But then i wiped my sperm off, so its good to go.

      • Jad Boukai

        Do… do Apple products turn you on?

      • Rowan09

        He’s 12 or something don’t mind the kid.

      • Jad Boukai

        I’m just trying to have fun. Trolls don’t bother me unless I let them, so I decide to play along

      • highNiggaPie

        I have an iphone for you with sperm still on it if you want it

      • Jad Boukai

        Pff, you think I’m going to fall for that. I want an iPhone 6! Trying to trick me with a previous generation I bet

      • highNiggaPie

        Come on bro old phone but new cum I promise

      • yep

        Ur mother turns me on whore

  • Shawn

    Hopefully that means more supply for us to choose from and not as many delays right off the bat.

    • yep

      U wont have a problem getting an iphone 6, everyone knows its a terrible phone, demand is way down for these.

      • Shawn

        Not from what I am reading

      • yep

        Not sure where u get ur info, everywhere im reading is very negative.

      • Shawn

        I have only seen positive for the most part. Link me your credible resources.

      • Rowan09

        Just like the Note 4, you won’t have any problem finding that phone. Making up lies doesn’t make them true dude.

      • yep

        Ur the biggest iFag of them all Rowan09.

      • Rowan09

        Your the biggest troll here. I own more other company devices than you clown. Don’t get mad, you started this nonsense.

      • Sloth

        Sep. 19 is coming and your bank account is still in the negatives. i feel sorry for you

        and “yep” (no pun indeed) you´re an poor worthless tramp

  • Tommy

    We can always get one from Hong Kong. Heck its even cheaper there.

    • yep

      Whos the model in ur profile pic? Omg i have an iBoner!

  • yep

    “We can make your phones, but we dont want to buy them”. Lol.

  • Jack Wong

    This is a great news for Hong Kong.

  • Eikast

    Well I’m happy. More iPhones for the US =)

  • onesimpleclik

    the iPhone 6 seems like the biggest update to the iPhone since the 4/4S and it is probably the perfect update for someone still using an iPhone 4/4S. i’ve had my 4S since it launched, & have noticed it slowing down with every iOS update.
    i wish the 6 had OIS on the camera & a bigger battery, but i guess that is the trade off, unless you want to buy the 6 Plus.

  • hkgsulphate

    nah its just punishment for revealing the iPhone 6 beforehand

  • hkgsulphate

    ur right
    but as always Apple simply does these features better