A recent press conference held by the Chinese foreign ministry revealed a mix of good and bad news for Apple. The spokesperson at the daily briefing clarified that China does not have any specific laws or regulations prohibiting the purchase and use of foreign brand phones, including Apple's devices.
However, the spokesperson also acknowledged the recent media coverage surrounding security incidents associated with Apple's phones. The Chinese government places great importance on information and cyber security, treating both domestic and foreign companies equally.
This seemingly validates the earlier reports by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg claiming that the Chinese government was indeed blocking government officials from using iPhones. However, the extent and nature of these restrictions remain ambiguous.
Last year, China accounted for a significant portion (19%) of Apple's total revenue, incorporating both the mainland as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Following the announcement of the iPhone 15 and other new products on Tuesday, Apple shares experienced a slight dip of nearly 2%. However, they remained relatively unchanged during premarket trade on Wednesday.
Despite the mixed news from the Chinese government, Apple continues to navigate this important market as it explores new opportunities and builds upon its success.