An actual launch date for Apple's new iPhone 6 hasn't been set yet for China, but one very enterprising online seller in the country already is peddling "special" editions of the smartphone, including units available in pink.
Announced on September 9, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be, Hong Kong, and Japan, but China was excluded in this first wave of the global launch. There has been no confirmation yet on when the new Apple smartphone will be formally launched in the Chinese market.
Rather than cry over spilt milk, at least one online merchant is touting to have access to special editions of the iPhone 6, including a "special Macau edition", according to a report by South China Morning Post (SCMP). It also claims to have customized editions that sport various colors including pink, yellow, and blue.
As far as Apple goes, theare only available in silver, gold, and space grey.
"It is a version available only in Macau," said the vendor, which has operated a store on Chinese e-commerce website Taobao.com for more than seven years. This "special" unit is priced at 1,000 yuan more than the usual Apple handset, and the online store has had more than 20,000 inquiries with 168 consumers handing over deposits for a piece, said SCMP.
"We can't buy the iPhone 6 on the mainland now...but I can buy one from this shop, and it's pink! I just hope it's not fake," said Gan Lin, one of the customers.
The report noted that Apple's website previously displayed September 26 as the iPhone 6 release date for the Chinese market, but this was taken down earlier this week without explanation.
in the first wave of launch countries for the iPhone 5c and 5s in September 2013, along with Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong. Speculations about the exclusion this time have suggested it's Apple's angered response to , including photos, about the iPhone 6 days before the scheduled launch event. Others point to Chinese regulators for the delay as they have yet to provide the iPhone maker with a network-access permit.
China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom, which had posted information as well as provided preorder service for the iPhone 6 before the launch date, have since removed the information from their sites, according to a China Daily report.