iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Approved For Sale In China

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The Chinese government has given approval for Apple to begin selling the iPhone6 and iPhone6Plus in its mobile market opening the door to an estimated 1.27 billion mobile subscribers. Apple confirmed it would begin selling the phones on 17 October, with pre-orders available from 10 October.

The three main carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom – will all offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for sale. China is set to become the worlds largest mobile phone market this year, overtaking the US, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

The deal is even more valuable when you consider China’s mobile growth is still in the early stages as its 3G and 4G networks are built out.

The move appears to have comes after Tim Cook gave strong assurances regarding the security of users data on the iPhone, and that there was no ‘backdoor’ for the US government to access iPhone data, something which the Chinese government had cited as a concern.

In an open letter to customers Tim Cook stated:

Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.

Further security updates introduced in iOS8, such as the phone masking the MAC address when connecting to WiFi networks, making it harder to track, will also have helped. Despite this, social engineering is still a risk, so strong passwords and Apps such as LastPass are of key immportance to securing users data.

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