Apple said it has removed as many as 25,000 apps from its App Store applicable to the Chinese region on account of those being non-compliant to the rules set by the Chinese authorities. Apple hasn’t stated what all those apps were related to but said at least 4000 of the banned apps had to do with online gambling.
Chinese laws prohibit the circulation or hosting of online gambling apps. Similarly, apps that sell online lotteries too are not allowed within the country. The crackdown against illegal apps can be considered to be a fallout of the increasing pressure that the iPhone makers has been facing in the country for hosting illegal apps on its app store.
The state-run CCTV has been highly critical of Apple for some time now, accusing Apple of not being serious enough when it comes to ridding its App Store of illegal apps. That 25,000 apps have been removed from the app store is being propagated by the Chinese official media channel CCTV though Apple is yet to confirm the figure.
While removal of gambling apps or those that sell fake online lottery tickets can be considered a commendable action, companies operating in China have often been forced to comply with the whims and fancies of the government there. That even includes competing with the local companies against heavy odds. For instance, Google stands banned in the country while Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google, rules the roost.
For Apple, it’s very little that they can opt for given that China happens to be its biggest overseas market. That apart, all Apple devices sold around the world are manufactured almost exclusively in China. Even though there have been efforts off late to set up manufacturing activity in other countries such as India, the bulk of its manufacturing is still done in China.
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So that’s plenty of reason for companies to be flexible with their policies when it comes to doing business in China. The increasing competition from domestic companies like Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus is also a further reason for Apple to be accommodating to the Chinese authorities’ policies.