Apple fans around the world are just a few days away from getting their hands on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but it looks like China could miss out on the excitement this Friday. A new report from 21st Century Business Herald (via Bloomberg) claims Apple’s new smartphones might not be available in China until next year.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus apparently failed to gain approval from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, according to one anonymous insider. Meanwhile, an Apple representative in Beijing told Bloomberg the goal is to launch in China “as soon as possible,” but couldn’t provide a specific release date.
The news lines up with earlier reports that the iPhone 6 could be delayed in China due to regulatory issues, though we never expected the launch could be pushed all the way back to next year. It’s still unclear exactly why Apple is running into trouble with the Chinese government, though this isn’t exactly the first time it’s happened. Earlier this year China called the iPhone a threat to its national security, though Apple eventually caved on the issue by allowing the Chinese government to store iCloud data locally.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are set to launch this Friday in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Hong Kong, though Apple fans in the rest of China may have to wait a while longer before getting their hands on the device. That’s huge news for Apple, which is facing increasingly aggressive competition locally from Android phone makers.