Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6 to Go on Sale Oct. 17 in China

Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available in China starting on October 17.

Source: Apple

Apple’s iPhone 6 was originally barred from sale in China due to concerns about the device’s security. Chinese officials were worried that the new smartphones would allow U.S. agencies to access a user’s data through a backdoor, reports Reuters.

Now that Apple has shown China that the iPhone 6 has ample security, it will be allowed to sell the device in the country. The Oct. 17 release date has the new smartphones launching in China almost a month after their September 19 release in the United States and other areas, Reuters notes.

China may be happy with the amount of extra security added to the iPhone 6, but U.S. officials aren’t. FBI Director James B. Comey said that the company’s new security features puts users of the devices “beyond the law.”

AAPL shares were were up slightly as of Tuesday afternoon.

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