China Apparently Takes Apple Off Procurement Lists In Bid To Limit Overseas Influence

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China has removed iPads and MacBooks from its procurement lists for government agencies and officials, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and other products, totalling ten altogether ,were left off a new procurement list distributed to government organizations in July, after initially appearing in a draft version in June, per the report. The move is just the latest example of China seeking to encourage sourcing of hardware and software from Chinese companies, and it’s being billed as a security move by Chinese authorities.

Apple isn’t the only company to have faced this kind of omission – Microsoft’s Windows 8 was left off in May, and anti-virus software from Symantec and Kaspersky has also been affected by the increased sensitivity to security from the Chinese government, which is involved in escalating cyberwarfare efforts among international interests.

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