A top executive at China Mobile reportedly said this week that the largest wireless carrier in the world doesn't yet know when they will start selling the iPhone 6, saying the provider is concentrating on selling cheap no-contract smartphones this quarter.
A worker at one of Foxconn's factories in China was reportedly detained and accused by local law enforcement of stealing six shells for Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 and selling them to a buyer for $160 each.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.