Apple is "assessing" the implications of China's newly invoked "National Security Law," an edict designed to crack down on political crimes and, according to critics, permanently stifle unrest in Hong Kong.
Apple is reporteldy preparing to remove thousands of games from the App Store in China in July, taking down listings for iOS games that operate in the country without gaining approval from the country's regulators.
Apple on Wednesday removed popular podcasting app Pocket Casts from the Chinese App Store, with developers of the platform claiming the takedown was initiated by the government's cyber watchdog agency.
Apple has suffered a major drop in iPad sales in China for the last quarter, according to analysts, with local rival Huawei overtaking Apple as the biggest tablet brand in the country, despite an overall slump in tablet sales for the period.
The same sources who were wildly wrong about Apple's inability to sell iPhone X were also way off base earlier this year in fantasizing dire impacts COVID-19 would have on Apple's global supply chain, its presence in China, and the effect that retail closures and an economic downturn would have on the demand for Apple's products.