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China Reportedly Bans Government Purchases of Apple Products

China Reportedly Bans Government Purchases of Apple Products

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China has removed Apple products from the list of eligible items that can be bought with public money due to security concerns, according to Bloomberg.

Ten Apple products including iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro were removed from the government procurement list for July. Both the iPads and MacBooks were on the June version of the list. These changes come just weeks after the Chinese state media labeled the iPhone a "national security concern."

Apple is the latest U.S. technology company to be excluded from Chinese government purchases amid escalating tensions between the countries over claims of hacking and cyberspying. China’s procurement agency told departments to stop buying antivirus software from Symantec Corp. and Kaspersky Lab, while Microsoft Corp. was shut out of a government purchase of energy-efficient computers.

Another report from Caixin says that Apple's absence from the list is not due to security concerns, but a failure on Apple's part to submit required information before a certain deadline.

Edward Snowden's revelations have raised concerns across the industry regarding Apple's touted product security. Just recently Russia asked Apple to hand over source code for some of its products.

Nearly 16% of Apple's $37.4 billion came from China last quarter and Apple continues to push its retail presence in the area.

China Reportedly Bans Government Purchases of Apple Products

tir - August 7, 2014 at 12:07pm
"bans" ? you mean to stay "stops". it's like saying, "person x bans person x (himself) from buying y". ;)
Adam - August 7, 2014 at 4:41am
Well they have their own brands of phones, Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and few others...
Smart Chinese - August 7, 2014 at 4:23am
If it weren't for china, there wouldn't be or more like the iphone wouldn't exist. So there take that you americana.
Dan - August 7, 2014 at 4:56am
Your ridiculous!
NoGoodNick - August 7, 2014 at 12:28am
Did they ban it because they're scared of the NSA, or because they're trying to prop up Chinese businesses selling competing iPhone knock-offs? And China complaining about government spying is silly, when they're invading every private company to steal business technology and secrets to hand to private (Chinese) companies (owned by Central Committee members?). I'm not saying the NSA isn't a problem, only that I don't trust the justifications the Chinese are offering.
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