Apple was planning to roll out the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in 40 more countries on October 16th, but a horrific terrorist attack has prompted the company to postpone the launch in Turkey.
Two suicide bombers carried out an attack in the Turkish capital of Ankara last Saturday, killing 97 people and injuring hundreds more. The bombings took place at a peace rally of labor unions, leftist groups, and pro-Kurdish activists, and prompted the firing of the police chief and two other officials due to security shortcomings.
The terrorist group known as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is suspected to be behind the attacks. The attack marks the most deadly of its kind in the nation’s modern history.
The Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey
Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted after the attacks, “Prayers, condolences, and hope for all those affected by the bombings in Turkey.” After the Turkish government declared a three-day national mourning period for the victims of the attack, Apple made the decision to delay the release of the new phone. In an email to AppleToolBox, an Apple representative stated that the company has “decided to postpone iPhone 6s sales due to the tragic attacks last weekend.”
Apple’s Turkish website is now advertising a launch date of October 23rd for the phone, but it is still possible that the company will push the launch back further, if necessary.