China, the biggest smartphone market in the world, will get Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus starting on October 17. Apple announced the news on Tuesday, following three weeks of waiting for China regulators to approve the two handsets. According to Reuters, the approval was held up due to security concerns.
Those concerns by the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology included worries about access to personal data, either through backdoor access or during phone repairs. The MIIT website outlined these issues and was worried that [company]Apple[/company] might turn over user information upon a government’s request. The MIIT statement says it has Apple’s commitment to “never” provide personal information from the devices to any government and that Apple has answered all of its questions about private security in iOS 8.
Availability of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is sure to make customers in China happy — and Apple will be happy too: It will depend on the highly populated nation to further boost record iPhone sales.
The company sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones during the first weekend of availability. That tops last year’s 9 million for the iPhone 5s and 5c — but that figure included China sales. If this year’s new phones had been on sale in China during the first weekend, Apple would have likely sold another few million devices, further adding to its record.