•  paul
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China seems to be on a mission to isolate itself from the world, at least in terms of technology. After banning Windows 8 on government PCs and raiding several of Microsoft's offices in China as part of an anti-trust investigation, Chinese officials have now prohibited to purchase of several Apple products for government use.

Reportedly, the list of banned Apple products include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and half a dozen other items, all of which were left off of a final government procurement list distributed in July. Interestingly, they appeared on the same list in draft form just a month ago. It's no surprise really, when you consider the Chinese state media already declared the iPhone a "threat to national security." 

MacBook Air
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China is hypersensitive to hacking and cyberspying, especially as it pertains to the U.S. after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden shed light on programs like PRISM. Product bans are being issued fast and furious, including both hardware and software, even of the antivirus kind (Symantec and Kaspersky are both recent targets of China's ire).

This is a potentially big hit to Apple, which generated around 16 percent of its $37.4 billion in revenue last quarter from China. Apple saw its iPad sales jump 51 percent and Mac sales boosted 39 percent in China.

Makes me wonder if they know something we don't : / My first reaction was that they are being isolationists and paranoid, but they've do have the tools and talent to sniff out vulnerabilities. Are we going to see a news article expounding on some backdoor bundled with Apple software in the near future?


Never thought about it like that. That's actually a really good point. I don't think that is why, but it is definitely a possibility. 


As far as i knew there was already back doors in place.


Kinda glad they moved away from apple. Apple is all hype, overpriced in my opinion.


I wonder if Apple is going to reconsider ~making~ all of it's hardware in a country that restricts them from their markets.

Japan or South Korea could probably build everything for them without the political drama.

A little tit for tat should be fair play.