Ten days after its global launch, the iPhone 6 was finally approved to be sold in China.
Apple was granted a license for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after the devices were cleared for use on Chinese wireless networks, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on its website Tuesday.
Customers will be able to pre-order the smartphones from Apple's online store beginning October 10 and in-store sales will start from the 17th.
The iPhone 6 was launched in nine countries on September 19 and smashed sales records during its first weekend. But its absence in China, the world's largest smartphone market and a critical market for Apple, surprised industry experts.
MIIT routinely inspects new smartphones before clearing them for use on Chinese networks. Concerns about security risks that could result in personal data breaches delayed Apple's license but were resolved through "rigorous security testing" and talks with Apple, MIIT said.
MIIT was also likely concerned about glitches related to Apple's latest software update, analysts said.
Apple came under fire for glitches in its iOS 8 update last week. It quickly released two updates to address these glitches in the days following the iOS8 debut. But even the second update, iOS 8.0.2, had security flaws that allowed anyone to access a user's device, bypassing the Touch ID and Passcode features.