Specifically, the Egyptian government believes that GPS functionality could be a military security risk and therefore has forced Apple to eliminate the feature in order to sell their device in the region. Egyptian blogger Ahmed Gabr brought this issue up in an article and talks about how the measure does not make any sense due to the fact that Google Maps “works flawlessly” in Egypt, allowing unregulated access to views of “places you’re not supposed to see.” Not that the Egyptian government is alone in its desire for control, anyway, with China Mobile reportedly negotiating a stripped-down version of iPhone sans Wi-Fi and 3G functionality.
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