The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are set to go on sale in the U.S. and around the world later this month on September 19, but it looks like Apple’s planned release date could be facing delays in one of the company’s most important markets. The New York Times reports the iPhone 6 won’t launch as planned in China because both new models of the iPhone 6 failed to gain approval from China’s Ministry for Industry and Information Technology.
The news comes as a blow to Apple and to Chinese carriers that were hyping the iPhone 6 before it was even announced. Apple Store employees in China were also caught off guard, and told The New York Times they had been preparing to start selling the new smartphones on September 19. Meanwhile, an anonymous sales manager at China Telecom claims the carrier didn’t get any advanced warning either. “Apple completely let us down without prior notice,” he said.
Apple and China have butted heads recently. Earlier this summer the Chinese government said the iPhone is a threat to national security, which might explain why the new model still hasn’t been approved by regulators.
Apple fans in China will have to sit on the sidelines later this month when the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K.