Chinese media says the Apple iPhone is a 'national security threat'

Chinese state media say the Apple iPhone is a security threat, with its ability to track user location, among other features.

Published Fri, Jul 11 2014 5:23 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Chinese state media said the Apple iPhone is a national security threat, citing the tracking ability of the popular smartphone, including its "Frequent Locations" function found in iOS 7.

Chinese media says the Apple iPhone is a 'national security threat' | TweakTown.com

Apple has worked diligently to build a strong following in China, a booming smartphone market, but has struggled against its rivals. China currently controls 6 percent of the Chinese smartphone market, with Samsung, Lenovo, Coolpad, Huawei, and Xiaomi ahead - but revenue from China is growing, so Apple will continue to promote iPhones there.

Washington and Beijing have an extremely touchy relationship, and cyberespionage and security issues are certainly complicated, with both sides accusing one another of surveillance techniques. Meanwhile, Apple has been criticized by Chinese state media and the government itself on several occasions, along with being criticized for not having good levels of customer service.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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