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China is working on a homegrown OS to replace current US solutions

The government of China could launch its own PC desktop operating system sometime in October which could later be extended to smartphones and tablets, in a bid to compete with rival overseas systems from Microsoft, Google and Apple.

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Tim Cook expresses sympathy for earthquake victims in Yunnan, China

Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed his sympathies with the people of Yunnan, China, after a major earthquake hit the region last week. Almost 600 people have died as a result of the quake so far, and, with 230,000 people having been evacuated. Cook sent an email to Apple employees that expressed support for the victims, as well as announcing that Apple would be making donations to relief groups, according to 9to5Mac:

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Chinese officials deny banning Apple products for government procurement

Earlier this week, a Bloomberg report claimed that the Chinese government excluded a number of Apple products, including the iPad, the iPad mini and a number of MacBooks from a government procurement list due to security concerns. Today, however, a new report out of Reuters, citing China's Central Government Procurement Centre as well as the finance ministry, revealed that the company never applied to be on that particular procurement list, which pertained to energy-saving products.

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China may have banned government purchases of iPads and other Apple products

A new report from Bloomberg claims that the government of China has excluded a number of Apple products, including the iPad, the iPad mini and a number of MacBook laptops from a list of approved products that can be purchased with public money.

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Apple reaffirms commitment to protecting privacy everywhere, including China

Following China's decision to call iOS location tracking a threat to their national security, Apple has posted a lengthy article on its Chinese website, both in Chinese and English, reaffirming their longstanding commitment to privacy.

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China decides to call iPhone's location tracking feature a 'national security concern'

The government controlled China Central Television network has called the location tracking feature on the iPhone, using iOS 7, a 'national security concern', claiming that people who might access that data could discover "state secrets".

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Apple wants more Chinese developers to make iOS apps

Apple is making bigger efforts to improve relations with iOS developers in China. The move comes after some software companies and creators in that country have complained about a lack of support from Apple in the past.

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LTE-enabled iPad Air and iPad Mini now available in China

The iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini have been available now in China for some time, but today the TD-LTE versions are launching in the People's Republic.

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Apple making gains in China even before China Mobile deal

Tim Cook has predicted that, eventually, China would become Apple's largest market. So far so good. According to a study by Counterpoint, which is referenced in this post by Marketwatch, Apple’s share of the smartphone market in China rose to 12% in October. This is up from only 3% in September, which is an incredible increase.

Based on the pace of growth of iPhone sales in China Counterpoint said:

This might allow Apple to even reach the No. 1 smartphone player in December or January in China.

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China Mobile iPhone pre-orders going live December 12

The much storied arrival of the iPhone on the worlds largest carrier, China Mobile, looks set to reach its conclusion as soon as this week according to a new report. According to the Wall Street Journal, pre-orders of the iPhone will be going live in Shanghai this coming Thursday:

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