By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) -- Apple Inc products such as laptops and tablets are not banned from Chinese government procurement lists, according to the country's chief procurement center, refuting a report claiming Apple was blacklisted on national security concerns. According to a Bloomberg News report published on Wednesday, 10 Apple products, including MacBook laptops and iPad tablets, were taken off a government list of approved hardware due to security concerns. The Central Government Procurement Centre, as well as the finance ministry and Apple, said the company never applied to be on the list in the first place.
Apple's devices have never appeared on a Chinese list of products eligible to be bought with public money, state media quoted an official as saying, denying reports the US tech giant had been excluded from the latest line-up. Reports said that China removed 10 Apple devices, including MacBook laptops and the iPad, from a government procurement list over security concerns. The report late Thursday cited the official saying 10 Apple products had initially been on a draft list soliciting public opinions, but the company did not hand in relevant paperwork in time. It had therefore "never been included in the government procurement list of energy-saving products", the official was quoted as saying.
China has prohibited government agencies from purchasing Apple Inc hardware products due to security concerns, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing government officials familiar with the matter. Ten Apple products including versions of the iPad tablet and MacBook laptop have been omitted from a government procurement list distributed by China's National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance, Bloomberg News said.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Apple’s iPhone unit sales in greater China jumped about 48 percent and Mac computer sales rose 39 percent in the June quarter, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told Reuters on Tuesday. Lower-cost phones sold there by up-and-coming rivals, such as Xiaomi, appeared to be taking market share mainly from other companies that rely on Google’s Android mobile software, Maestri added. “We have a really good runway in front of us with China Mobile,” Maestri said in an interview, referring to Apple’s main carrier partner in the world’s No. 2 economy. …
Chinese state media branded Apple Inc's iPhone a threat to national security because of the smartphone's ability to track and time-stamp user locations. A report by broadcaster CCTV on Friday criticized the iPhone's "Frequent Locations" function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed. Apple said in a statement sent to Reuters on Saturday that it was committed to protecting the privacy of its users, and that no unique information related to the user or the device was transmitted when using the location functions. We want to make sure all of our customers in China are clear about what we do and we don't do when it comes to privacy and your personal data," it said.