China’s official media has attacked Apple for its warranty policy again, and called the company’s defense of its customer service practices arrogant. A notice from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce has urged ‘authorities to protect consumers rights in accordance with the law.’
Clearly, Apple is in trouble with the Chinese government. Why?
Reader Shadowself on MDN:
The Chinese government wants Apple to do something that Apple is reluctant to do (and it is very unlikely bribes). This is setting up a threat of massive regulatory oversight that could cripple Apple’s business in China if Apple does not do what the Chinese government wants.
It could be that they want special filters for data put into the iPhones it sells in China. It could be they want Apple to build a data center in China that the Chinese government has access to all the data there and that all Chinese iCloud users must use if they use a cloud service at all. It could be they want Apple to use Chinese unique RF bands and RF waveforms.
We don’t yet know what China is wanting, but the Chinese government is lining up the pieces for the long game. Hopefully Apple is doing so too.
These recent attacks on Apple could also be retaliation for the U.S. government’s recent attacks against China’s Huawei and ZTE.
Who will blink first?