What Apple's Recent Apparent Failure to Get Approval for the iPhone 6 in China Could Keep iPhone Sales From Reaching Historic New Heights
When Apple launched the iPhone 5S and 5C in 2013, the devices were available in mainland China simultaneously with the rest of the world.
According to a report in the Sept, 10th, 2014 NY Times, the new iPhone 6 "is facing a potential setback in China, one of [Apple's] biggest and fastest-growing markets, after the much-anticipated introductions here of the new iPhone models were delayed."
"Apple’s staff in China appeared to have been caught off-guard by the last-minute change of plans, with one executive saying on Wednesday that all of the company’s stores in Beijing and Shanghai had been preparing for sales to begin on Sept. 19. The executive spoke on the condition of anonymity."
"News reports in China on Wednesday said the iPhone 6 had not yet been approved by the Ministry for Industry and Information Technology, which must sign off on the technology of devices like smartphones."
No approval for the iPhone 6 has appeared on the regulator’s website as of Sept. 16th, 2014.
And any delay in official sales in China (which represents about 15% of Apple's total revenue - and the market is rapidly expanding there) - could keep a lid on what might have been historic new sales figures.
Here is a link to the syllabus for the graduate producing students at TNUA who are taking Producing 1 with Prof. Finch Fall 2014.
Extra credit for the students who can identify the movie producer with the great eyebrows and moustache.