Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on sale in China next month after the Cupertino giant secured regulatory approval from Chinese authorities amid security concerns.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it gave Apple the go-ahead after the tech giant addressed security and privacy concerns. Chinese regulators initially argued they feared the phone's operating system carried risks of personal information leaks.
The Ministry said it took on "rigorous security testing" on the phone and held talks with Apple representatives, which reassured Chinese authorities that the iPhone 6 does not have security "backdoors" that would allow the covert collection of personal data.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will hit shelves on 17 October after going on sale worldwide on 19 September. The late launch in China, the world's biggest smart-phone market, was questioned by analysts given the importance and size of the Chinese market for Apple.
In pictures: iPhone 6 goes on sale
In pictures: iPhone 6 goes on sale
Blue T-shirt-clad staff open the door of the Apple Store for a few hundred people waiting outside in this upscale Tokyo neighborhood of Omotesando for the long-awaited new pair of iPhones - iPhone 6 and its larger variant iPhone 6 Plus Iphone 6 Launch in Tokyo
Ken Miyauchi, left, vice president of Softbank, Japanese mobile phone company hugs the first customer of iPhone 6 during a ceremony to mark the first day of sales of the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at a store in Tokyo
A member of the public celebrates at the launch of the iPhone 6 at the Apple store Covent Garden in London
Joseph Cruz (R) shows his phone to Moon Ray (C) an another man while waiting in line for the iPhone 6 to go on sale outside the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York City
Customer Sylvain leaves an Apple store with boxes as the new iPhone 6 goes on sale in Paris
Sales assistants prepare new Apple iPhone 6 phones and other Apple products at the Apple Store on the first day of sales of the new phone in Berlin
First customer Max, 20, jumps in joy with new mobile phones in his hands during the launch of the Apple iPhone 6 sale at a store in Oberhausen
People prepare to enter the Apple Store at 8am on the first day of sales of the new Apple iPhone 6 in Berlin
Singaporean law student Bjorn Tan (L) takes a self photograph with his mother Wendy Heng (R) with his newly purchased iPhone 6 during its launch by Singtel, Singapore telecommunication company
Customers look at the new iPhones on display at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iphone 6 plus at the Apple IFC store in Hong Kong
Customers wait in line to purchase the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models as they go on sale at the Apple store in Sydney
Customers inspect iPhone 6 acessories at a Telstra Store in Sydney
Prices will range from 5,288 yuan (£528) for a 16-gigabyte model to 6,088 yuan for a 64-gigabyte model and 6,888 yuan for a 128-gigabyte, the company said. The iPhone 6 Plus will be priced at 6,088 yuan (£608) to 7,788 yuan.
Earlier this month, a job posting suggested Apple is looking to hire a head of law enforcement in Beijing to issue "appropriate responses to requests from authorities, public prosecutors, and courts" in China, suggesting the company has become under renewed scrutiny by local authorities.
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