Apple is reportedly going to begin selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in China on Friday, October 10, with the Chinese government claiming approval is in final stages. Retailers will begin receiving product on October 7, giving them three days to prepare for the public sale to begin prior to the weekend.
Samsung beat Apple to the punch after announcing the Galaxy Note 4 will be available in China before the end of the month. Even though Apple has faced pressure from Samsung and Chinese-made manufacturers, the large consumer base is too appealing for the company to simply ignore.
It continues to be a curious journey in China - the Chinese media previously said the iPhone is a "national security threat," an accusation Apple has rejected. The Chinese government has also clamped down on smuggled iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models that are being illegally brought into the country.