Apple refuses to help US fight terrorism but rolls over for Chicoms
Apple Inc. has come out swinging in its pitched battle with the government on its home turf.So the lack of security on phones in China has not been an impediment to sales. China is the opposite of the US when it comes to protecting the privacy of users yet for Apple it does not appear to be a major concern. I think this information is going to hurt their appeal of the judge's order to help the FBI crack the terrorist phone.
But when it comes to its second-largest market, China, the Cupertino, Calif., company has been far more accommodating.
Since the iPhone was officially introduced in China seven years ago, Apple has overcome a national security backlash there and has censored apps that wouldn't pass muster with Chinese authorities. It has moved local user data onto servers operated by the state-owned China Telecom and submits to security audits by Chinese authorities.
The approach contrasts with Apple's defiant stance against the FBI, which is heaping pressure on the company to decrypt an iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.
The years-long strategy in China is paying off at a crucial time. While sales of Apple products have flatlined or declined in the U.S., Europe and Japan, business in the company's greater China region continues to soar — to a record $59 billion last year. The Asian giant surpassed the U.S. last year as the No. 1 buyer of iPhones and could one day be the largest market for Apple Pay, the mobile payment platform that was rolled out for Chinese consumers last week.