iPhone 6 release delayed in China due to regulatory issues

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As you know by now, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on Tuesday. The handsets are set to hit retail on September 19th, with the pre-orders kicking off on September 12th in several countries, including China. However, customers in China are in for some disappointing news; according to a new report from New York Times, the iPhone 6 is delayed in China due to regulatory problems.

The report states Apple has notified the three big carriers in China not to expect the devices on September 19th. No reason was provided to media outlets or Chinese carriers as to why the handset is being delayed, but many expect regulatory issues to be the reason.

Representatives of Apple told the Chinese mobile carriers only that “there are some details which are not ready,” according to a sales manager at China Telecom, who declined to be named. “Apple completely let us down without prior notice,” the manager added.

Chinese carriers have launched advertising campaigns for the iPhone 6, and were even preparing their staff before the sales kick off on September 19th. Last year, the iPhone 5s and 5c went on sale in China alongside the international markets on September 20th, but prior to that, the devices took some months before they went on sale in China due to the rules and regulations in the country.

The report further mentions that a device must be signed by the Ministry for Industry and Information Technology, and suggests the iPhone 6 was not found on their website.

There’s no word about how long it will take for the handset to launch in China, but we’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

Via [New York Times]

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