Well, here’s something surprising..!!
Apple has got so frustrated by the tough Chinese censorship rules that it has decided to block its app in China. According to New York Times: “Greater China is now Apple’s second-largest source of revenue after the United States, with sales of more than $13 billion in the third quarter. That means the company is most likely taking a careful approach to delivering new content, like that on its news app, within China.”
The app, intended to be a personalized digital magazine and newspaper viewer, launched to US users in June is presently on testing mode in UK and Australia. Customers travelling abroad can still access the app, but instead of seeing a list of news stories, users in China are seeing a message that the app is unavailable. That’s primarily due to the blocking of the app.
Apple has the option of simply censoring the app, as many other companies do to appease China’s censorship regime but I don’t think that is what Apple plans to do. Facts say that China has become vitally important in Apple’s growth in the last few years, with the country becoming Apple’s largest market outside of its native United States.
Some reports note that China now accounts for 27 percent of all Apple sales globally..!!