China's government won't be using iPads or Macs because it views Apple products as having too many security problems, reports say.
China decided to exclude Apple products from its procurement list from the Ministry of Finance or devices that can be bought with public funds, because of security risks, an unnamed Chinese official told Bloomberg News. Among the 10 devices not to be used by the government included the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
China has also stopped buying Symantec and Kaspersky Lab antivirus software as well as Microsoft. "When the government stops the procurement of products, it sends a signal to corporates and semi-government bodies,” Mark Po, an analyst with UOB Kay Hian in Hong Kong, told Bloomberg. “The Chinese government wants to make sure that overseas companies shouldn’t have too much influence in China.”