Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 6 Expected to Sell Like Hot Cakes in China

iPhone 6

The Chinese smartphone market extended its welcome to the latest Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, today. Though it was launched globally almost a month ago, the much sort after iPhone 6 Plus made its official Chinese debut only today.

IPhone fans in the country do not have to spend big money on smuggled devices any more to satisfy their appetite for Apple devices. The iPhone 6 was priced at 5,288 Yuan ($863) which is a little over $250 more than the US pricing of $649. Previously, customers were charged nearly double the amount by black market vendors for devices that were sneaked in across the border illegally.

Launch in more countries to follow

Analysts expect the weekend sales of the new devices will beat that of the previous iPhone 5s. They predicted that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will see a sale of 2 million to 3 million units in China. Leading the queue were over hundred Apple enthusiasts who picked up their pre-ordered Apple devices from the company’s Apple Store located at Beijing.

With $5.6 billion worth of sales from the country, China remains one of Apple’s largest customers contributing about 16% of its total quarter revenue. The day also marked the launch of the iPhones in India and Monaco. Apple is confident that the devices will be available in over a hundred countries by the end of the year.

New iPad launched

Even as the frenzy surrounding the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus refuses to calm down, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched the newest version of its iconic iPad and Macintosh computers at an event held yesterday at its Cupertino headquarters.

Apple Chief Tim Cook said that the launch was designed to bring a new lease of life to Apple’s flagship tablet the sales of which have been declining for two consecutive quarters.