China Media Ire Surfaces Again against Apple iPhone; Frequent Locations Feature under Attack

July 11, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The whole world is going gaga with the benefits that the Apple iPhone models have brought in.  From design to features to functionalities, the successive models of the iPhone have been subject to so much of admiration in all parts of the world.

No, not all. There is one country that has stood up against the Apple iPhone. Yes, you guessed it right.

The latest anti-iPhone news flowing forth from the Asian nation is that Apple Inc’s iPhone is a threat to national security. The Chinese media has reported so.


The reason they attribute to is the smartphone’s ability to track and time-stamp user locations. The state media has gone all out against the iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed.

The media has quoted a researcher as saying that the data is extremely sensitive , and if accessed would give away information of a country’s economic situation and “even state secrets.”

The new China fear could trigger debates on that front, with Apple having come in for continuous ridicule from the Asian nation. It may be noted that the Chinese state media had earlier charged the Cupertino based tech major of revealing user data to US intelligence agencies.

They had then urged authorities to hand out severe penalization measures to the company for doing so. The company had also come in for major ridicule for the low levels of customer service some time ago.

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Meanwhile, with all the din and bustle going on, Apple has preferred not to react on the issue.

Apple is not the only tech firm to be targeted by China. We some time ago had seen Google having to deal with disruption in services for close to a month.

Microsoft Windows 8 OS also reportedly faced issues in the country. There were also reports that said that Cisco Systems Inc and IBM Corp were subjected to Chinese backlash some time back.

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