As expected, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have officially gone on sale in China. While the region saw quite a few reservations and official pre-orders, it sounds like the launch itself was pretty quiet at many locations.
According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday, October 17, many different locations saw quiet lines and a relative low-key launch for Apple’s newest iPhones. The report offered a prime example, with the Apple Store at the Sanlitun shopping district, which is located in Beijing. The store opened up at 8 AM local time, and apparently only had about 100 people waiting out front ahead of the doors opening:
“About 100 customers waited in line Friday morning outside Apple’s store in Beijing’s upscale Sanlitun shopping district, which opened its doors at 8 a.m. for buyers who had pre-ordered their new wares—the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. That was in part because the phone also went on sale at midnight elsewhere, including offices of China’s biggest telecom carriers.“
The report goes on to note that many of those waiting in lines were doing so for the iPhone 6 Plus, rather than the iPhone 6. This is yet another indication that the larger, 5.5-inch handset will have a bigger impact in China, just as pre-order numbers indicated even before the public launch.
For some iPhone buyers, waiting in line didn’t have to be an option, as the driving service known as Uber was more than happy to deliver Apple’s 16GB iPhone 6 to some lucky individuals. As reported by MacRumors, Uber offered on-demand delivery service for the specific iPhone 6 in Shanghai, and those who requested the service were able to purchase the handset from an authorized specialist. What’s more, the phone was delivered directly to a destination determined by the potential buyer.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus initially went on sale in the United States and several other regions on September 17. That initial wave saw a sweeping, record breaking result of over 10 million in sales, just over the launch weekend. Throughout the month of October, the iPhone 6 lineup will launch in 36 new countries.[via The Wall Street Journal; MacRumors]