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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially on sale in China starting October 17th

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Apple is bringing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to China on October 17th. The company today confirmed that its newest smartphones will be available through Apple's website, its own stores, and an "expansive network" of Chinese retailers, and that Chinese customers ordering through Apple's website will be able to pre-order the new iPhone models from October 10th.

The new iPhones will operate on 4G and LTE networks operated by China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, and support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE technology. Speaking about bringing the new models to the huge Chinese market, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company was "thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch." A 16GB iPhone 6 will sell for a suggested price of ¥5,288 (about $859), while a 128GB version is set to cost around ¥6,888 (about $1,119). An iPhone 6 Plus with 128GB of storage space clocks in at ¥7,788 (about $1,267).

The Chinese government gave Apple a license to sell iPhones in the country last night

Reuters reported that the Chinese government approved the sale of the newest iPhones late last night. The country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology granted Apple a license to sell the devices in the huge Chinese market after it conducted "rigorous security testing" on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.