Apple's new iPhone 6 could finally land in China at the end of next week.
Picked up by Chinese website Techweb, an alleged internal Apple memo to retail store employees alludes to "prototype" iPhone 6 units going on store shelves starting Tuesday, October 7, according to MacRumors. That memo also indicates employee training and product readiness slated for the same time.
All of that leads to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus going on sale on October 10, as detailed in a store preparation timeline described in an employee training course, AppleInsider said.
due to delays in regulatory approval. Last Thursday, Apple , according to the official government Xinhua news agency.
Still, one obstacle remains. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) must approve the new iPhones for network access before retailers can start offering them. But MIIT chief Miao Wei reportedly told Chinese Internet portal Tencent last Tuesday that
China has proven a lucrative market for the iPhone. Apple sold a, and the country accounted for 16 percent of Apple's $37.4 billion in sales last quarter, according to Bloomberg.
But at least one carrier will reportedly shake up the overall price that Chinese iPhone buyers must pay. China Mobile, the country's largest carrier, is moving to get rid of $2 billion in subsidies, according to Bloomberg. Though the overall consumer price of Apple's iPhones will increase under China Mobile's new strategy, buyers will actually pay less up front for the device and a bit more over the life of the two-year contract.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.