The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are finally available to pre-order in China, and just as anticipated, they’re already a massive hit. According to local news sources, Apple received an incredible 2 million orders during the first six hours of availability.
China was forced to wait for Apple’s new smartphones while they received their necessary licenses, and at one point it was reported that they wouldn’t be available there until 2015. Perhaps that’s why so many “scalpers” were seen buying the devices in bulk on launch day in the U.S. and other countries so that they could ship them over and make a tidy profit.
But Apple announced on Tuesday that both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus had been approved, and that pre-orders would begin in China today, ahead of the official launch on Friday, October 17. Reports from local publications ITHome and Sina claim that more than 2 million orders have already been taken, and most have been for the middle-of-the-line 64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Chinese prices for the new iPhones are between $173 to $212 higher than U.S. prices, AppleInsider reports, starting at 5,288 RMB ($861) for the 16GB iPhone 6 and going all the way up to 7,788 RMB ($1,269) for the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus. This doesn’t include sales tax, which varies by state.
Those who haven’t yet placed a pre-order will be able to reserve the new iPhones for in-store pickup from Tuesday, October 14. When the devices go on sale three days later, they’ll be available from Apple retail stores as well as China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom.