China Bans Iphone 6 Sales

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    Beijing bans iPhone 6, saying it's too similar to Chinese phone

    Intellectual property regulators in Beijing barred Apple from selling models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the city, citing strong similarity to an existing Chinese phone.


    Apple appealed the injunction in May, when a lower court judgement was announced.

    "IPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE models are all available for sale today in China," Apple said in a statement Friday. "We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court."

    The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Friday that some stores stopped selling the phones months ago and are switching to newer models. Apple will soon end production of the banned iPhone 6 models, a person familiar with the production plans told the Journal.

    The regulator said iPhone models infringed on the patents of 100C mobile phones. The announcement is another speed bump for Apple in its largest market outside of the U.S.,the Journal said. Struggling iPhone sales in the country were a major factor in the tech giant's quarterly decline posted in April, the first in more than a decade.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/17/chinese-regulators-ban-iphone-6-models.html
     
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    Oh, the irony of it all:confused:. Chinese manufacturers are notorious for copying anything that isn't bolted down (and they'll try those too), but Apple isn't exactly known for innovation these days either. Looking at the CNBC link, it would appear that 100c is more a patent troll then a legitimate company. I can't find anything on them. No product. No service. Nothing.

    Still, seems harsh... and protectionist. China's been closing out Western companies for some time now and it'll help local industries for a time, but a lack of competition and the prevention of the free-flow of ideas, as comes with international commerce and competition, will ultimately stiffle domestic innovation.

    Their gain, I suppose. But for how long?
     
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    Apple has repeatedly shown that it is not willing to budge on any privacy issues especially encryption. I think this has a lot of reasons including economic, state control, and also Cyber. Economically it makes sense to try and boost sale son domestic phones which in turn are probably bugged because it is well known that Chinese phones and other electronics like laptops have embedded surveillance capabilities, we are guilty of this too. From the Cyber angle it is possible that the Chinese simply don't want the information of their citizens to sit on ICloud in the US. They could have high level officials using iPhones and it could be a way for America to get in and collect information.
     
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    In the longterm I think the iPhone ban will be positive for them (of course locals will be pissed) but their protectionism for the overall economy is needed (eventually) as other countries in South East Asia start to provide cheaper labor to western companies. China needs to sell to its domestic market. As long as they are overly dependent on export they are vulnerable to foreign sanctions, that means that any serious kinetic actions they take in the south china sea could carry large economic risks.
     
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    How do you clamp down competition?

    First, make a copy/cheap knock-off of a product, profit from it, then when the original, foreign product comes in, ask the CCP to ban said foreign product.
     
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    Wouldn't surprise me if the businessmen making indigenous chinese phones like Huawei have some connections to the CCP, there are some rumors about it and it makes sense that they would be closely connected.

    Australia blocks Huawei and other Chinese companies from selling products to the government.
    http://theconversation.com/huawei-and-the-nbn-beware-the-long-arm-of-the-ccp-6158
     
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