China bans Apple devices from government over 'security concerns'

Apple is the latest foreign tech company to fall foul of new procurement guidelines for China's government, as the country continues to reduce its dependence on hardware and software from international firms. 

The government has now excluded Apple from a list of approved companies from which devices can be purchased for government use, due to vaguely defined 'security concerns'. Government officials, speaking with Bloomberg on condition of anonymity, said that ten Apple products - including iPads and MacBooks - had previously been on the list drafted in June, but were dropped when it was formally approved in July. 

Apple joins a range of other firms whose products can no longer be bought with public money in China. In May, the Chinese government banned Windows 8 from its procurement list, and indicated that it was looking at alternatives to IBM servers in its banking sector, to prevent international surveillance. This week, China also barred Symantec and Kaspersky from providing software to government bodies.

Some had previously speculated that China's moves were punitive towards the United States - particularly after the US brought charges for economic and cyber espionage against five members of the Chinese military in May. However, the fact that Russian firm Kaspersky has now been banned from government procurement too suggests that the country is intent on limiting the influence of all overseas firms within its borders.

Source: Bloomberg | Chinese flag button on keyboard image via Shutterstock

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I am a second person to those who are upset with Chinese decision. See, China as a sovereign country has a right to safeguard its interest. No point in criticizing it. Sorry guys

Yep. It's typical north american. Do as we saw not as we do. We don't trust chineses but we ask them to trust us.

LaP said,
Yep. It's typical north american. Do as we saw not as we do. We don't trust chineses but we ask them to trust us.

All the trade between China and the rest of the world is always one way. They make it extremely difficult for countries to sell products there, between paperwork, restrictions and other madeup crap. China doesn't invent anything they just steal everything.

Does not matter where you move you still have to compete with China. No country can mass produce cheap that can supply the demand.

India have no experience in mass production cheap.

If it was made cheaply we are not as connected as today. Not every one can afford a $500 phone or PC.

It's not specific to China. The US has done the same thing to Chinese companies, citing security concerns. We know that many US companies were complicit in the NSA's spying, so it's not unreasonable to assume that there might be legitimate grounds for concern.

So first Google, then Microsoft and now Apple...heh...come on guys feel the hate flow through you...then move all of your manufacturing to another country. Let China rot.

Sonne said,
So first Google, then Microsoft and now Apple...heh...come on guys feel the hate flow through you...then move all of your manufacturing to another country. Let China rot.

there are other countries in the world to move to ... Philippines, Indo, ect etc etc ...for the love of god , not India

EvilAstroboy said,

LOL, China will lose so Much $$ out of it
Anyway, its about time the Poor counties got a bit of $$

How is it likely to lose ? Buying goods from your own country is a lot better than importing so if anything China would be better off. China could also crush the US in a second if it stopped buying treasury bonds and sold off their 7+% share so any US threat to boycott China could rapidly backfire.

Depicus said,

China could also crush the US in a second if it stopped buying treasury bonds and sold off their 7+% share so any US threat to boycott China could rapidly backfire.

If they crushed the US, nobody would buy their 7% share. Nobody would buy the 7% share if they thought the US was about to be crushed. And really, nobody would buy the 7% very quickly or in one big block.

Our fates are intertwined. They are going to do anything like you suggest.

Probably. They might as well go with Huawei or something from closer to home. But they'll still need to choose between Android or Win Phone, unless they want to hack something together from scratch.

windows and macos is 30 years old... good luck for china to make something that can even imitate a user experience provided by these OSes

I'm confident they'll end up building a Linux-based OS.

It would be great to see Linux replace Windows/Office in the corporate environment for once.

68k said,
I'm confident they'll end up building a Linux-based OS.

It would be great to see Linux replace Windows/Office in the corporate environment for once.

If China don't want Apple or MS, what makes you think they want Linux code ?
Linux kernel has Microsoft Code in it (Correct me if im wrong) , and so IF true then China will not have this OS on their Network, they will create their own OS (LOL)

EvilAstroboy said,

If China don't want Apple or MS, what makes you think they want Linux code ?
Linux kernel has Microsoft Code in it (Correct me if im wrong) , and so IF true then China will not have this OS on their Network, they will create their own OS (LOL)


Linux is opensource, they don't want MS or Apple because they don't know the source ;)

Seahorsepip said,

Linux is opensource, they don't want MS or Apple because they don't know the source ;)

They've been able to audit the source code for Windows, or at least they did a while back. Not sure of Windows 8.

Enron said,

They've been able to audit the source code for Windows, or at least they did a while back. Not sure of Windows 8.


Wasn't it Russia who was able to audit it?

Should have stated 'designed in China' instead; I was specifically referring to the cheap [factory-second?] hardware you get off eBay, Aliexpress, etc..

Well .. they have to start at one point. the eu sees how dependend they are on their international relationships.. we cant build or run a pc in the EU

-adrian- said,
Well .. they have to start at one point. the eu sees how dependend they are on their international relationships.. we cant build or run a pc in the EU

I see this will backfire the Chinese Government. First Microsoft, then Apple... soon they will alienate many companies and these companies will start looking elsewhere to get their stuff built. Plenty of other places that can make cheap stuff.

nickcruz said,

I see this will backfire the Chinese Government. First Microsoft, then Apple... soon they will alienate many companies and these companies will start looking elsewhere to get their stuff built. Plenty of other places that can make cheap stuff.

China has rare earth minerals.

they are called rare but that is not due to the fact they are rare .. America just does not want to mine them because it is so much cheaper in china

-adrian- said,
they are called rare but that is not due to the fact they are rare .. America just does not want to mine them because it is so much cheaper in china

It would take years for America to build multiple factory able to treat rare earth, and it's very polluting. America can't stop abruptly to rely on China, to get rare earth.