Since Chinese authorities were not satisfied with the security on the iOS of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Chinese telecom regulatory had withheld the launch of both the new Apple phones in China. According to a report by Reuters, Apple has finally received the licences that are required by a device to run on Chinese network.
Apple won approval to sell the phones after also addressing risks of personal information leaks related to the operating system’s diagnostic tools, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on its website on Tuesday.
The MIIT said it conducted “rigorous security testing” on the iPhone 6 and held talks with Apple on the issue, and that Apple shared with the ministry materials related to the potential security issues.
One of the concerns the MIIT raised was over a third party’s ability to take control of a computer that had been given trusted access to the phone by a user. They also queried Apple on the ability of staff repairing iPhones to access user data through background services.
Apple told the MIIT it had adopted new security measures in its latest smartphone operating system, iOS 8, and promised that it had never installed backdoors into its products or services to allow access for any government agency in any country, the MIIT said.
With this Apple can now launch both the new iPhone 6s in China and look forward to some more business. To get the required license, Apple has reportedly agreed to make some changes to the privacy settings on the devices. There is no news on what are the exact changes that have been made.
Apple has released a press release confirming the phones will be available for sale in China from October 17th and the pre-orders can be taken from October 10th.