The Chinese government has removed Apple along with other prominent U.S. technology vendors from its state purchase lists in favor of local vendors. According to Reuters, the change comes on the heels of cybersecurity concerns, with Chinese government officials reported to be wary of surveillance from Western government agencies.
Apple has reportedly run into a few roadblocks in its efforts to bring Apple Pay to China. The company has been in negotiations to bring the payment system over, but they are apparently facing delays due to resistance from regulators and UnionPay, China's credit and debit card system operator.
Apple is a growing brand in China, having enjoyed recent success with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now, China-based luxury publishing group Hurun Research has released a report, concluding that Apple – as a brand – is more attractive to Chinese consumers, taking top spots for best luxurious gifts. According to the report:
Apple was apparently the number one smartphone smartphone vendor in China for the first time during Q4 2014, measured by units shipped. Apple seems to have beat out the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung, and Huawei to come out on top. Apple's success in China was primarily due to the release of the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
A new report claims Apple's retail store head Angela Ahrendts is trying to get some of her US employees to move to China. It adds that about 200 US Apple retail workers have indicated they will indeed relocate to that part of the world in an effort to beef up Apple's stores in China.