Tim Cook (China Mobile launch, Beijing store)

Apple has announced this morning that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available in China beginning Friday, October 17. The devices will be launching in the company’s online store, as well as its retail stores and various other chains and Authorized Resellers in the country.

Both handsets will support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, and be offered by China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom across mainland China. Apple says that customers can pre-order the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from its online store in two weeks, beginning on Tuesday, October 14.

The news comes shortly after reports claimed that Apple had secured the final license it needed to begin selling its new handsets in China. A timeframe for the launch had thus far been largely unknown, as the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had not granted its approval.

China is an extremely important market for Apple—one where it currently enjoys very little marketshare. The country houses two of the largest wireless providers in the world: China Mobile, the largest carrier with over 800 million subscribers, and #4 China Unicom, with nearly 300M.

[Apple]

  • Guest

    China Mobile, the largest carrier with over 80m (not 800k) subscribers

    • Melvco

      yes this was a typo, fixed.

  • Fanboy 

    Your previous report seems to be off by a whole 7 days 😉 “October 10th”

  • XT

    I can’t wait anymore !! We need the iPhone in Mexico ! 🙁 Do you have any news guys?
    Im going to France to see my family but in the EU the iPhone is expensive as hell!! 🙁

    • uff

      somo dos. la verdad se la mama apple. se toman literal que estamos debajo de ellos

      • XT

        Por ahí andan diciendo que quizá para la ultima semana de Octubre o la primera de Noviembre, a ver…

      • justme

        Yo creo que para navidad, lo veras debajo del pinito. 😉

        Saludos!

  • Axl Feliciano

    Yet on Oahu they still line up in droves to buy the phone if they are not from our country they should not be sold phones period

  • n0ahcruz3

    People in china will bend some of the iphone 6+ like the two teenagers in UK who went to apple store to bend the 6+ lol that was a funny video. U guys should post it. More clicks!

  • praz

    i wonder what happens to chinese black market , haha this news will be like a big setback to them

    • Tommy

      It isn’t as crazy as the iPhone 5 days anymore.
      Back then, Samsung was dominant in the Android market and were bloody expensive.
      However, with all the amazing China phones coming out, users are getting more and more choices (great specced devices) at bargain prices. The i6 just doesn’t look that attractive anymore. Of course, this excludes the Chinese iFags.

  • Prashant goel

    What about India ?

    • praz

      apple india wants to launch before diwali , apple usa wants to launch post diwali , lets see who wins.

      • Prashant goel

        Why after Diwali ? It doesn’t make any sense

      • praz

        my best bet will be supply constraint.
        plus i believe they knew from before that china license will come around this time so postponing other country launches as China is a big potential market for Apple