China’s foreign ministry has clarified its stance on the reported ban of iPhones for government and state-run office workers. Officials have stated that there are no laws or regulations prohibiting the purchase and use of foreign brand phones like Apple, emphasizing that the Chinese government treats domestic and foreign companies equally in terms of information and cybersecurity.
This clarification comes amid increasing competition between Apple and homegrown giant Huawei for dominance in China’s smartphone market.
The ban on iPhones had raised concerns and led to a drop in Apple’s shares, impacting its significant sales in China. The timing of the directive was unfavorable for Apple as it prepared to launch its iPhone 15 series and updated Watch Series 9. China is Apple’s third-largest market, contributing significantly to its annual sales.
While the Chinese government has been pushing for the use of locally made tech products, Apple now faces stiff competition from Huawei. Huawei recently launched its Mate 60 Pro, officially backed by Beijing, and featuring Chinese-made chips and innovative features, further intensifying the competition in China’s premium phone market.
Industry analysts predict that Apple’s market share in China will continue to decline due to increased competition from Huawei, as the ban on iPhones continues to make headlines.