The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may have missed the September launch window in China that other regions were granted, but it would appear that hasn’t stopped the anticipation for the devices.
According to a report published by the Chinese media site Tencent news, Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus managed to rake in over 1 million pre-orders within the first six hours of pre-orders going live, from China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Pre-orders officially went live on Friday, October 10. Before that, many carriers and retailers were taking reservations for the handsets, with 2 million reservations being taken for the handset within the first six hours of that window opening, and more than 7 million reservations being taken just one day later.
As is par for the course, Apple’s Chinese website also began taking pre-orders for the new flagship handsets, which are speculated to be in short supply when they officially go on sale on Friday, October 17. According to Tencent, 6,700 authorized retailers also launched their own pre-orders.
As noted by Fortune, an updated report from Chinese site JingDong showed more than 9 million reservations in total from carriers and authorized retailers. The final numbers, as broken down by the site:
iPhone 6: 4,542,448
iPhone 6 Plus: 4,694,853.
In the first weekend of sales, Apple announced that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus netted more than 10 million sales. As expected, China is expected to be another huge market for Apple.[via Fortune; Tencent; JingDong]