Pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reached more than one million in six hours as consumers rushed to book through national carriers. Apple’s 6,000 retailers have started taking pre-orders for the device which will start shipping from October 17.
The Apple devices are also available at select online retailers like JingDong which received more than 9 million pre-orders in the first week. The three Chinese mobile carriers, namely China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom have managed to get more than one million pre-orders in six hours. The device was allowed for sale in China after the US government has assured the government of any security violations. Reports indicated that the iPhone 6 Plus received more pre-orders than the iPhone 6.
“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Tim Cook in a statement to Cult OF Mac.
The three wireless carriers support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE for Chinese iPhone users for high-speed internet experience. Apple had a tough time to release the new devices in China as regulatory approvals had to be cleared. There is already a huge demand for the latest iPhones in China, where consumers have resorted to buying their devices from the black market for high prices.
Apple stated that sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reached 10 million units in three days in three countries. The data did not mention the colors or the models which had the most number of sales. The company had sold a record 10 million units in the opening weekend in the US and the growing demand has even caused the Cupertino tech company to reduce production of upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Air to focus on iPhone production.
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