Reports coming in from China’s resellers and the country’s three biggest mobile network carriers said that reservations for Apple’s newest flagship handsets, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have reached 2 million in just 6 hours!
As of this writing, that 2 million mark may have already been breached as reservations for *pre-orders* of the new iPhones kept pouring in even though Apple announced that pre-orders of the iDevices from its online store won’t start until October 10. Those who want to buy the new devices could make a reservation starting October 14 for an October 17 in-store pick up.
Apple’s press release also mentioned that physical sales of the units by the major Chinese carriers namely China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom and from Apple authorized resellers will not commence until Friday, the 17th of October, but even this announcement did not deter the carriers from getting reservations from determined Apple fans who want to make sure they will get their favorite iDevices once they are officially unleashed.
Apple’s suggested retail price for the iPhone 6 in China are as follows:
$861 (16GB), $991 (64GB) and $1,122 (128GB). As for the iPhone 6 Plus, the SRP will be : $991 (16GB), $1,122 (64GB) and $1,269 (128GB). Compared to Apple’s US pricing scheme, the Chinese iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pricing is a bit higher with a price difference ranging from $173 to $212.
China was included in the list of initial countries to get the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when the devices were launched last September but Apple was not able to clear some regulatory issues with the Chinese government thus the Chinese missed Apple’s September affair. This being the case, reports says that smugglers took advantage of this situation and were able to illegally move in some units which they sold in the gray market with prices of up to $4,000.
Interestingly enough, even without the Chinese market, Apple was able to sell a record breaking 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus during its first weekend compared to last year’s sales figure of the iPhone 5S and 5C which had a combined total of 9 million but 2.75 million of these were from the Chinese market.
Apple is expecting the number to continue growing as this time; all three major Chinese carriers will be selling the iconic devices aside from Apple’s official stores themselves.