Apple receives 2 million iPhone 6 pre-orders in China in under 6 hours

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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. 

News outlets in mainland China are reporting that initial reservations for Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models across retailers and the nation’s three mobile carriers have reached the two million mark. ITHome and Sina have both reported “incomplete statistics” stating that retailers and carriers have booked more than 2 million reservations just six hours after opening their queues. The report also noted that the majority of initial bookings have been 64GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models (both priced at nearly $1,000), rather than the cheapest tier Apple offers. Previous reports on black market smuggling have similarly indicated that buyers were paying extreme premiums for the larger model and for gold finish, two options Apple appears to have made available with the Chinese market expressly in mind.

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