China has excluded Apple products from the final version of a government purchase list citing security reasons, according to a Bloomberg report. A total of ten products are affected by the ban, including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
The aforementioned products were there on a June version of the list, the report said, along with products from Dell and HP. The list is to be reviewed next by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's premier planning body, and Ministry of Finance, in January 2015.
The Chinese government has increasingly sought to limit the use of US technology in the wake of Snowden's leaks. Not to mention the escalating tensions between the countries over claims of hacking and cyber spying.
Just last week, prominent US-based security firms like Symantec and Kaspersky were removed from a similar government procurement list covering computer security vendors.
The news also came a few weeks after China Central Television, the country's dominant state-run broadcaster, said the location tracking capabilities found in Apple's iOS are a national security concern. The Cupertino-based company was quick to refute the claim, explaining that all location data is stored solely on the iPhone, not on the company’s servers, and insisting that it does not work with government agencies to spy on its customers.
Aside from Apple, China has also targeted Microsoft, banning government use of Windows 8.