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This includes the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad and the iPad Mini

China has been kicking a number of foreign companies' products out of the country, and now, Apple has been targeted in the latest round as well.
 
According to a new report from Bloomberg, China’s government has taken 10 Apple products off of its final government procurement list in July, meaning that they can't be bought with public money due to security concerns. 
 
Some of these 10 products include the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad and the iPad Mini. They appeared on on a June version of the list, which was drafted by the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance.
 
This isn't good news for Apple, which received about 16 percent of its $37.4 billion USD in revenue last quarter from sales in Greater China. 
 
Following the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spy program revelations -- which were uncovered by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden -- China is severing some ties with American products.  
 
China has been booting foreign companies' products left and right lately, with Microsoft being one of the major hits. Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system was banned from the country because China suspects a too-close-for-comfort type of relationship between Microsoft and the United States government. 


Despite Microsoft's denial of working too closely with the U.S. government, Windows 8 remains banned in China. The ban was reportedly to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for its Windows XP operating system -- still widely used throughout China. Last week, four Microsoft offices were raided by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in China as part of an official investigation.   
 
Earlier this week, it was announced that both U.S.-based Symantec Corp and Russian-based Kaspersky Lab have been taken off of the list of approved anti-virus software vendors in China.  
 
However, five Chinese anti-virus software brands were added to the list, including Qihoo 360 Technology Co, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin and Rising. 
 
While security is a major issue with bringing foreign products in according to China, this could also serve as a boost for homegrown companies. 

Source: Bloomberg





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