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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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Apple reportedly signs deal with China Mobile, iPhone to launch on carrier later this month

Apple has reportedly signed a deal for China Mobile, the world's largest carrier, to start selling the iPhone later in December. China Mobile's rival carriers, China Telecom and China Unicom, have been selling the iPhone for years already. The rollout is expected to coincide with the launch of China Mobile's 4G network on December 18, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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China Mobile launching new brand on December 18, time for iPhone?

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c may have launched in China, but there's still one notable absence; a China Mobile iPhone. The worlds largest cellular carrier has long been rumored to begin carrying the iPhone, and as the Wall Street Journal reports, things may begin to progress on December 18:

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iPad Air goes on sale in Australia, Hong Kong and China via online stores

Right on cue, the iPad Air has gone on sale in Australia, China and Hong Kong via each nations respective Apple stores. So far shipping is looking good for Australia and China, with shipping within 24 hours currently available across all models. In Hong Kong, shipping is 1-2 weeks at the moment.

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