Apple is set to launch the iPhone 6 in China as the device is being reviewed by the Chinese government and is in the final stage of approval. The government will announce the decision in the coming days.
China’s Chief of MIIT Miao Wei revealed the information during an interview with China-based Tencent on Tuesday. Wei did not mention the exact date of results. China has increased its approval limitations on iPhones which can also delay the entry of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Reports also predict the launch of the iPhone 6 in China by 2015 as the delay was caused by the lack of approval from MIIT.”The iPhone 6 has entered the final stage of the approval process, now it’s just a matter of time,” said Wei in the interview.
According to a report by Xinhua, a Chinese news agency the device received two out of three approvals from MIIT for the launch. The third approval will allow Apple to sell the device in China. iPhone 6 has already made its way into the black market in China and are sold at premium prices. The smartphone is yet to reach consumers in China, which was released in the US on Sep 19.
Smugglers use several ways like using Twinkie wrappers to cover the iPhones, coffee tins and toothpaste boxes to sell the devices illegally. Apple fans in China are spending $1,900 to $3,250 to own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. With the craze for the new device in the country, it is also expected to break the 10 million unit sales figure during the launch weekend.