September 19 saw iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hitting the smartphone market in 10 countries including the UK and the US. Then, on September 26, the two flagship smartphones were released in 22 more countries.
One name that is still missing from the list is the name of the country housing the world’s largest smartphone market. Yes, Apple has not yet made the two new iPhone models available for sale in China. However, now, it seems that people in China will not need to wait too long to get hold of the new Apple products; they will soon get to buy the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in their own country.
The two new Apple smartphones will be available for purchase in stores across China from October 17; this will finally be possible as the Chinese government has approved sales of the devices in the country.
The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (or the MIIT) informed that the two smartphones had to undergo rigorous security tests before being approved by the government. The phones were tested to ensure that they don’t cause security glitches of any kind; particularly risks of personal data leaks related to diagnostic tools of iOS 8 were addressed during the tests.
Seeing the kind of sales figures the new iPhones have achieved in countries they have been already released it can be predicted that they will also cause a stir in the Chinese smartphone market. Experts are expecting sales of these Apple smarthpnes to give an immense boost to the Chinese economy.
Earlier in 2014, we saw Apple denying claims made by China Central Television or CCTV that iPhone leaves the country’s security at risk by disclosing the owners’ location without their permission.
The Cupertino, California-based tech firm issued a statement in which it clearly stated that Apple has never tracked users’ locations and also don’t have any plan of doing so in the future. In the statement, Apple further said that it appreciates CCTV’s intent to educate consumers on an extremely significant subject.
The company made it clear that since its first day in business it has neither helped any government agency of any country in spying nor they have allowed any external body gain to access to its servers. The global tech behemoth reiterated that it will never do any such thing even in the future and made it clear that it holds pretty strong views on this matter.
The biggest concern the MIIT had was regarding the ability of third parties to get access to a computer, which is given trusted access to a phone by its user. Additionally, MIIT also questioned Apple to know whether the people employed to repair iPhones can get access to users’ data using background services.
Apple answered all the questions put forward by the MIIT elaborately and managed to convince them that it has embedded the best possible security measures in the latest version of its mobile operating system or iOS 8. This promoted the Chinese government to approve sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the country.
Now, it’s time to wait and watch how much popularity the Apple devices manage to gain in China.