China is promoting technological self-sufficiency to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers. That said, the government recently banned the use of all iPhones and other foreign-branded technology products in government offices, according to a Wall Street Journal report. It’s a real hunt for the iPhone that could shake Apple’s position in the country.
The iPhone hunt has begun in China and could shake Apple
According to the new policy, public employees are prohibited from using devices such as the iPhone for professional purposes. In fact, even take them to office buildings. The move represents a major expansion of China’s long-standing effort to reduce dependence on foreign technology. All due to cybersecurity concerns.
Apple has had significant success in the Chinese smartphone market, as local competitor Huawei has not been able to keep pace. This after being affected by the sanctions imposed by the USA regarding 5G. However, Apple’s strong position in China is now under threat. This follows a new ban that could fuel speculation of espionage or interference by the company.
This is not the first time that foreign brand products have been banned in the country. So, in 2014, Apple products were banned from some government buildings. Also due to security concerns. In the same year, Windows 8 was also banned from government PCs.
However, the ban comes amid increased tension between China and Western nations, such as the USA. I remember that they imposed several commercial and technological sanctions on Beijing. Recently, Microsoft reported that Chinese hackers had accessed government email accounts in the United States and Europe. The company said the hackers were likely motivated by the government.