Desire for Apple’s New iPhone 6S Drives Chinese Men to Attempt Selling Their Kidneys


Apple has two swanky new iPhones: the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. They are both expected to sell well as they pack several new features not available on previous iPhone models despite remaining unchanged design-wise from last year’s models, as expected. Starting at $649 and $749 for the base models, the unlocked 16 GB iPhone 6S and 6S Plus respectively and bound to even cost several hundred dollars more in markets outside the United States, the new iPhones don’t come cheap. Being expensive doesn’t take anything from Apple’s latest devices, it makes them even more desirable. So desirable that two men in China attempted to sell their kidneys so as to be able to finance their desire for Apple’s very latest.

According to China Daily, the two men, identified as Huang and Wu, agreed to donate an organ each and even went ahead to have themselves checked at a local health facility before finding a buyer on the internet. As fate would have it, the buyer never showed up and the sale never went down. Disappointed, Wu, decided it was prudent to drop the whole crazy quest and move on with life but his friend Huang would hear none of it. If you were Wu what would you do? He called the authorities on his friend who has since fled to avoid arrest. It is illegal in many parts of the world to engage in organ trading and China is not any different never mind the health risks that come with such moves.

Probably Wu and his runaway ally could make do with the 8 GB iPhone 5s rumoured to be heading to China and several emerging smartphone markets before the end of the year.

This is not the first time that we’re hearing of such madness. Similar cases, mostly involving teenagers, have been reported since 2012 every time Apple unveils some new hardware be it the iPhone or the iPad.

China has emerged as Apple’s largest iPhone market in the world and the Asian economic giant is said to account for a huge chunk of the 10 million pre-orders the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have scored ahead of going on sale officially on September 25th. Despite the slowing down in premium smartphone shipments in China which has in effect lead to a decrease in global smartphone shipments since the country is the largest smartphone market on the planet, Apple still hopes to sell a good number of its newest devices. Apple only started selling iPhones in China last year with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.