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China to exclude Apple products from government institutions

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Posted August 7, 2014

While tensions between the countries over claims of hacking and cyber spying seem to be increasing, China took means to shed away the security concerns by forsaking Apple hardware products in government institutions.

MacBook Pro, line of Apple portable computers via Flickr

MacBook Pro, line of Apple portable computers via Flickr

China’s government has adopted the decision by which Apple products such as MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad, iPad Mini can’t be bought with public money, reports Bloomberg. The ban will apply to all central departments, government ministries and all local governments.

The new procurement list was distributed in July and follows Chinese government’s attempts to limit overseas companies’ influence in China. Position of keeping an eagle eye on foreign companies surely follows Edward Snowden’s revelations last year.

Likewise, last month, a state-owned television channel broadcasted a report stating that the location tracking software in Apple’s products may lead to disclosure of state secrets. Apple denied the allegation.

In Apple quarterly earnings, announced in July, company revealed rising importance of China market, iPhone sales were up 48 percent, with the iPad sales rising 51 percent year over year despite falling slightly globally. And according to Bloomberg, Apple depended on China for about 16 percent of its $37.4 billion in revenue in the last quarter.

In July, Chinese authorities raided several Microsoft offices, starting an anti-monopoly investigation to bring overseas companies into compliance with anti-monopoly law. Furthermore, in early August, China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) conducted new raids on Microsoft offices.

Written by Aleksandr Ančiutin

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