Report: Apple will allow the Chinese government to inspect the iPhone and iPad for security reasons

Report: Apple will allow the Chinese government to inspect the iPhone and iPad for security reasons
With the Chinese government fearful that iOS devices are capable of leaking state secrets and compromising the safety of Chinese consumers, Apple CEO Tim Cook has supposedly given permission for Chinese authorities to conduct product inspections on the iPhone and iPad. The inspections will allow the Chinese to look for backdoor access to government and private data, and will be done on a spot basis.

During a meeting last year between Apple's Cook and Lu Wei, director of China's State Internet Information Office, both men allegedly discussed the security of Apple devices including the Apple Watch. During this get together, Apple's CEO said that the company's products did not contain any backdoor that would allow data to be collected by governments or third parties. Lu wanted Apple to agree to security inspections so that the country could be assured that Cook was telling the truth.

The Apple executive might have felt that he had no choice but to give in. The company is opening five new Apple Stores in the country before the February 19th start of the Chinese New Year, including one that had its Grand Opening today. Apple has also doubled its market share of the smartphone market in China from 6% last year to a recent 12% reading.

source: BeijingNews (translated), ITWorld via MacRumors

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13 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

More like,.. Apple allows access to same back door other top levels of government use currently.

3. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

China knows full well already whether a backdoor exists or not. This is pure theater. The government doesn't need backdoors to accurately identify "threats". They already have full access to all internet traffic, calls and text, and all location data from cell phones. Not to mention every camera hooked to said internet.

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Really? They're allowing it now? And we all know that iPhone is being manufactured in China. In the beginning they already have access in it.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

wow that face is like a old wicked woman or witch lol

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

The American government has to do this with all Chinese handsets

4. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

It's common procedure.

6. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yeah.........all the Chinese do is steal. They want to make the robbery official; is like, if they didn't know already.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So, they're going to let the Chinese government inspect the source code? Because that's really the only way to be certain there aren't any back doors.

8. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Don't want to make the leaders of your primary work force upset. They could shut you down. Price you pay dealing with corruption.

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

basically apple is BENDING to chinese hahaha like the in the ass pocket of the people of the world. lol anyways apple said i want to open a store, china said you open store long time, BUTTTTTT apple said we will open new store and pay only half the taxes and money you want, china said you do that ok but you let us in back door, tim cook said all right i like this idea, apple vp no tim not that back door, apple said no deal, china said ok no deal we close and charge foxconn and all other apple dealers. apple said no problem when do you want me to send the code. tim cook said the back door is right there just saying, all you gotta do is ask. lol ahahhahaha

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Copy the inside while you're at it.

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Bad for apple this is going to kill them as now the home grown OS that China is working on to have run on all devices will just copy all of Apples code and place it in their own code. Once done they will start progressively restricting Apple in china till they completely shut them out of the market and have their own device manufactures capture 80% to 90% of the Chinese market. We Americans never learn. always repeating History over and over again for the quick buck.

13. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Those Chinese should develop their own Oprating Systems, if they are worried about iOS or even Android. These Systems are developed on the American soil and we can decide for their features and not the Chinese government.

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