Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus is now officially available in China and India for sale after a never-ending 1 month hold back.
Apple’s new iPhones which were being kept out of eager Chinese customers’ reach due to a licence delay by regulators has now finally jumped over the hurdle. Also, the new iPhones went for sale in India, though there was stark contrast in the sale of new iPhones in world’s two most populous countries.
The contrasting scenario between the two nations, can be seen from the fact that while over 20 Million pre-orders came from China, making it one of the most important markets for Apple, only 20,000 pre-orders came from India. Still, Apple has shipped some 50,000 units to India, so that no shortage appears.
The debut event in both China and India was somehow a low key. In China, only a handful of customers showed up an hour before the store opened, outnumbered by the two-dozen private-security guards hired for the occasion.
About 100 customers lined up on Friday morning outside Sanlitun Apple Store in Beijing, which opened its doors at 8 a.m. for buyers. The queue somehow had mostly customers who pre-ordered their new wares.
Apple assigned customers a designated pickup time for customer with pre-orders on launch day avoiding the situation of massive crowd. The phone also went on sale by third-party resellers, including offices of China’s biggest telecom carriers which added up to the reason of short queue.
Including China and India, Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in 32 countries by the end of this week, with a total of 115 nations to be included by year’s end.