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China Considers 'Sector Sanctions' on iPhone6 Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 08:16 PM

BEIJING: Chinese government officials have not yet granted approval for Apple to sell their iPhone6 smartphones in mainland China.

The China Daily reports that, "A pending government approval is likely the major reason that the world's largest smartphone market will miss the rollout of the iPhone 6. The next-generation iPhone will be available in 10 markets starting Sept 19. Hong Kong is the only Chinese territory to get in on the initial launch."

Failure to grant approval to sell iPhone6 could mean a massive influx of Chinese customers pouring into Hong Kong, as well as counterfeiters trying to sell cheaper knockoffs of the smartphone all over the country. Apple will not be able to file copyright infringement lawsuits since the phone is not supposed to be sold in China in the first place.

According to the China Daily, "Apple did not say why the Chinese mainland was not on the list of initial countries to receive the iPhone 6. The phone is not on Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's list of telecom devices that have been approved to sell on the mainland."

Apple has not yet confirmed if they have already filed an application with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

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