Coincidence or not, the hangover of the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro seems to be experienced today with certain airs of controversy. And it does not come from these new terminals, but rather it comes with Chinese airs. China wants to restrict the use of the iPhone in some companies and public entities having found “security flaws” in them.

At least this is what Bloomberg publishes today when reporting that some reports have been published in the Asian country that put Apple against the fore. In fact, this information come from the country’s governmentwho suggest that the Californian company may have some hidden interest in obtaining confidential information from the Chinese upper echelons.

China confirms the restriction for companies, although not for ordinary users (for now)

The Trade war between China and the United States is not new. In fact, it has been becoming visible for years at different levels. Regarding mobile telephony, four years ago a ban on Huawei was initiated in the United States that still remains. In between, a war between Apple and Qualcomm because of patents that also wreaked havoc in China (they finally reached an agreement and this week it was extended).

China reopened the thunder box a few hours after the iPhone 15 was presented (Image: Applesfera)

Less than a week ago, a new veto from China to the iPhone was already predicted, also having in the middle the privacy controversies of TikTok (another Chinese company in the spotlight in the United States). Progress was made since the Chinese government was studying ban the use of iPhone by government-owned companiesas well as other entities under its control.

One could sense that China would argue security as an excuse and now it is confirmed. Bloomberg reports the words of the spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mao Ning, who claims to have received “many reports about security incidents related to Apple mobile phones.”

In these statements, issued at a press conference held a few hours after the presentation of the new iPhones, Mao Ning also wanted to be forceful with respect to ordinary users. And the spokesperson wanted to confirm that from the government No type of ban on the purchase of iPhones (or other foreign mobile phones) has been issued for individuals. Of course, it doesn’t seem like he ruled it out in the future either.

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Ning stressed that the Chinese government places great value on safety and that, therefore, all companies must comply with the laws. In any case, it must be said that the consequences for Apple could be dire. Not in vain, we are talking about one of the two great powers in the world along with, precisely, the United States.

The Cupertino company wants to move its manufacturing away from China and bring it even closer to India, an emerging market that all technology companies are keeping an eye on. However, this does not mean losing market share. Especially considering that, according to reports, 20% of Apple’s revenue in 2022 was obtained thanks to China.

An interesting fact that Bloomberg highlights and that could be more than a simple anecdote is that In the statement issued to the media, China ignored the security reports which the spokesperson commented at the press conference. In other words, he did affirm that the government has received them, but when transcribing said statements and translating them into English to send them to the press, he ignored it. Again, it might seem like it’s not a coincidence.

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