Apple prohibition in China: Staffs Now Cannot use iPhones

By Consultants Review Team Monday, 18 December 2023

The Chinese technical landscape is undergoing a tremendous transformation. According to Bloomberg News, an increasing number of Chinese government organizations and state-owned enterprises across the country have instructed their staff to desist from bringing Apple iPhones and other foreign-made gadgets to work.

This follows earlier this year's report that Chinese government agencies were instructing their employees not to use Apple iPhones to reduce their reliance on foreign technologies. This has included encouraging state-affiliated enterprises, particularly banks, to use locally built software. Furthermore, there has been a significant attempt to increase domestic semiconductor chip manufacturing, which is a crucial component in a wide range of electronic gadgets.

According to Bloomberg News, various state enterprises and government departments in at least eight provinces have encouraged their employees to utilize local brands in the last month or two. This demonstrates the country's push towards technical self-sufficiency.  Employees in at least three ministries and government agencies were warned against using iPhones at work in September.

Surprisingly, this trend is not limited to huge firms or affluent cities. Smaller enterprises and agencies in lower-tier cities in provinces such as Zhejiang, Shandong, Liaoning, and central Hebei issued identical directions in December. Notably, central Hebei is home to the world's largest iPhone manufacture, emphasizing the importance of these advances.

Apple's push towards India

Apple is trying to diversify its supply chain from China by pushing its efforts to manufacture devices in India. Tata Group has become the first Indian company to start assembling Apple iPhones. The company acquired Wistron Apple iPhone assembly in Karnataka. The company is reportedly planning to build another iPhone assembly in Tamil Nadu, which will be one of the biggest in India, employing around 50,000 people.  


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