(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Due to rising security concerns in China, officials have banned government agencies from purchasing Apple products with public money.
According to Bloomberg, citing government officials with knowledge of the situation, ten Apple products were excluded from a Government Procurement list that was released last month by China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance.
Bloomberg’s sources noted that the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro were included in the procurement list, though iPhones were not.
“When the government stops the procurement of products, it sends a signal to corporates and semi-government bodies,” says UOB Kay Hiant analyst Mark Po. “The Chinese government wants to make sure that overseas companies shouldn’t have too much influence in China.”
Apple is one of the many IT companies that China is seeking to limit the country’s use of due t last years spying revelations from Edward Snowden.
Last week four of Microsoft’s Chinese offices were raided by China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce regarding the company’s Windows operating system and Office Business Suite, accusing the tech giant of violating the country’s anti-monopoly laws.