China: 1 Million iPhone 6 units sold in 6 hours

October 12, 2014

[written by Ryan Hicks]

As soon as pre-sale orders were opened, Chinese consumers were lining up to buy the highly anticipated devices. As reported by QQ.com, in just the first six hours, 1 million units were sold, and with all three Chinese carriers supporting the device, an estimated 9 million units total will be sold for pre-sale.

In the first few weeks since the initial release of the phone, over 10 million units have been sold globally. With Chinese consumers set to pick up the same amount of shiny new iPhones from the get go, this will be the highest amount of handsets sold in a single country, and one of Apple’s most successful releases yet.

“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release.

Some consumers couldn’t quite wait for the official release in China, with reports saying that handsets were being shipped from other countries in food packaging, and within shipments of other household items. These exclusively shipped phones were allegedly being sold for upwards of $3,000 each.  The official release in China faced some delays due to pending regulatory approval, but this obviously didn’t slow down the avid fans of the California firm’s newest release.

Customers will be picking up their devices in store starting Oct. 14th, with an initial distribution shipment of 6.5 million handsets. 

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.