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iPhone 6 approved for sale in China

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Approval given after Apple addressed 'potential security risks'

Apple's iPhone 6 has been approved for sales in China, according to Reuters. The company was issued a license by the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) after addressing a number of potential security risks pertaining to diagnostic tools and possible personal data leaks.

Reuters writes that MIIT conducted "rigorous security testing" on the iPhone 6, which industry analysts believe will be positively received given the nation's growing interest in large-screen smartphones. IDC China's Managing Director Kitty Fok attributes this in part to demand from China's less developed cities where such devices often function as the primary form of digital communication and entertainment. However, the New York Times noted in a recent report that demand for gray market iPhone 6s has plummeted, possibly due to news of the imminent government approval. Fok estimates that Apple will sell four million phones a month in China, which comprised of 15.9 percent of the company's revenue last quarter. Although China did not participate in the initial launch, Apple reportedly sold a record 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units during its opening weekend.