Apple's (AAPL) New iPhone 6/6+ May Not Hit China Until Early 2015

September 16, 2014 6:50 AM EDT

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) could miss a big opportunity in arguably the company's most important market.

According to 21st Century Business Herald, Apple's iPhone 6/6+ might not make it to China until early 2015.

While production was cited in the past for iPhone delays, Apple is finding it difficult to gain regulatory clearance in the country. China has been cracking down on allowing usage of U.S.-produced technology, with Microsoft Windows being one of the larger products to come under scrutiny in the country.

Apple never gave a firm date for a release of the iPhone 6/6+ in China during its September 9th event, though there was a brief post that the devices would be available on September 26th. That has since been removed from Apple's website.

Notably, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 19, 2015, which means an early 2015 debut of the devices might still give customers in the country time to buy during their largest retail sales period, which usually happens during the month of January.

Shares of Apple are positive in early trading Tuesday.

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