The iPhone 6S is scheduled for launch on the 25th of September in China, a second wave release. However reports show that smugglers have already begun taking orders for the coveted phone, charging up to $3,300 USD for the device. The South China Morning Post reported that hawkers had already taken the phone to the mainland amid a frenzy of iPhone mania.

Despite a global slowdown in smartphone sales, the new iPhone 6S are attracting a lot of attention, with local tech blogs, news sites and social media packed with commentary on the new model following its initial release.

Yesterday Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage that the iPhone’s market had grown 75% year over year. During an earnings call in July, the company revealed that revenue had jumped 112% in China, reaching $13.2 billion USD, up from $6.2 billion USD the preceding year.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com