State-run China Central Television has labeled Apple’s iPhone location-tracking underline a “national confidence concern,” in a latest recoil opposite U.S. record companies. The WSJ’s Yun-Hee Kim speaks to contributor Eva Dou in Beijing.

BEIJING—China’s successful state broadcaster on Friday called a location-tracking duty offering by


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‘s iPhone a “national confidence concern,” in a latest pointer of a recoil in a nation opposite U.S. record firms.

In a inhabitant noon broadcast, state-run China Central Television criticized a “frequent locations” duty in Apple’s iOS 7 mobile handling system, that annals time and plcae for a owner’s movements. The news quoted researchers who pronounced that those with entrance to that information could benefit believe of China’s mercantile conditions or “even state secrets.”

Apple didn’t respond to requests for comment. The association describes a tracking duty as an assist to iPhone users, for instance by providing fit transport routes. The underline can infirm in a device’s settings.

The CCTV promote represents a intensity plea for Apple in an increasingly rival market. The Cupertino, Calif., association binds usually a 6% share of China’s smartphone market, according to investigate organisation Analysys, while models done by


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‘s Android mobile handling complement authority a larger share.

Still, Apple dominates a aloft finish of a market. About 80% of smartphones labelled during some-more than $500 in China are iPhones, investigate organisation Umeng said. IPhone users embody Chinese supervision officials and executives. Last year China’s initial lady, Peng Liyuan, was photographed regulating an iPhone, yet she has given been seen sporting a smartphone done by China’s


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While CCTV’s broadcasts don’t indispensably simulate a views of China’s tip leaders, they are successful in China. Some companies have shifted policies or removed products after vicious CCTV reports.

It isn’t transparent either a CCTV news will be followed by new manners or boundary on Apple. But a broadcaster’s reports have had an impact on a association in a past. Last year Chief Executive

Tim Cook

publicly apologized after CCTV indicted Apple of cultured opposite Chinese consumers in a guaranty policies.

U.S. record companies have felt a chill in China given final year, when former U.S. executive

Edward Snowden

purported a National Security Agency was espionage on Chinese leaders and that U.S. tech firms were providing information to a government. Apple has pronounced it doesn’t yield supervision agencies with approach entrance to a servers.

The promote on Friday cited a Snowden disclosures and called U.S. record firms’ databases a “gold mine.” It also quoted officials who pronounced that China needs stronger data-protection laws and that Apple would assume “legal responsibilities” if any information leaks were to means harm.

The cybersecurity discuss between Beijing and Washington has exhilarated adult given May, after a U.S. charged 5 Chinese troops officers with espionage by hacking into U.S. mechanism systems.

China is an increasingly critical consumer marketplace for Apple. CEO Time Cook, right, with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua in January.
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Windows 8 handling complement final month, after a supervision buying core pronounced in May that it wouldn’t concede a squeeze of new supervision computers if they ran Windows 8.

China, prolonged Apple’s production base, is an increasingly critical consumer market. In a many new quarter, 25% of Apple’s tellurian income came from larger China, that includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, and sales have grown 13% in a segment during a past year.

China has prolonged been nervous about a complicated coherence on U.S. record in essential sectors and has poured billions of dollars into a growth of a possess technologies. Last year, a state-run China Economic Weekly magazine, with a English title “He’s Watching You,” named 8 U.S. companies—including Apple—that it pronounced poise a risk to China’s computing networks.

China’s supervision has mentioned software, servers and high-end chips as areas where it is perplexing to rise home-grown alternatives. The China Academy of Sciences denounced a possess mobile handling system, a China Operating System, in January, though analysts contend it stands small possibility of apropos widely used in a rival mobile market.

Meanwhile, Chinese tech firms themselves have bumped adult opposite national-security concerns in unfamiliar markets. In 2012, a U.S. congressional news endorsed that U.S. telecom carriers equivocate regulating apparatus from Chinese suppliers Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE, observant their rigging could be used by Beijing to view on Americans. Huawei dismissed back, observant that a news was a domestic practice directed during aggressive China.

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stays in dilapidation as a U.S. supervision investigates confidence issues surrounding a send of such technology, according to people informed with a matter.

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