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China calls the iPhone and iOS 7 threats to national security

Gregg Keizer | July 14, 2014
State-run media blasts 'Frequent Location' feature.

Apple's stake in China is considerable. In the most recently reported quarter, which ended March 31, Apple said revenue from the Greater China region, which included the PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan, accounted for 20% of the California company's total sales. Greater China revenue in the March quarter was up 13% year over year, and up 5% from 2014's first quarter.

Apple is expected to launch one or more iPhone models this fall with screens larger than the current 4-in. displays, in part to boost sales in China and other Asian markets where consumers have flocked to so-called "phablet" smartphones that sport significantly bigger screens and make small-sized tablets superfluous.

CCTV broadcast
China's state-run television on Friday claimed iOS 7's location services was a national security threat. (Image: China Central Television.)

 

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