Like any western company operating in China, Apple is subject to various regulations that it really can not fight if it will be in business. Therefore, Apple removes apps from its Chinese App Store when legislators consider them illegal.
The last case involves some 25,000 apps withdrawn from the store due to users being allowed access to illegal lottery tickets.
Per ] Reuters confirmed that Apple has recently removed the apps without giving out a number or timeline for the move.
"We have already removed many apps and developers to try to distribute illegal gambling apps on our Store Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and prevent them from being on the App Store," said Apple in a statement
Apple has been facing criticism from state-run media for a while now, reports the note. CCTV on Sunday criticized Apple to allow gambling apps in the App Store, which are banned in China. It is the second time in the past month that the broadcaster Apple hit the app.
Apple's iMessage app was also criticized by state media recently. Apple refuses to break encryption and provide access to intelligence agencies and the police are known in the US and other Western markets. In the meanwhile, China criticized Apple for refusing to monitor communication.
Apple removed previous VPN apps from the App Store in China when regulators demanded it. VPN services will allow Chinese iOS users to bypass the great firewall in China and access information that would otherwise be censored.
Google recently met criticism of its plans to launch a censored search engine in China, who would see the company return to the massive internet market after almost a decade. Worrying would be that Google would put a dangerous precedent by creating a custom, sensational search engine.
Apple does in a way do the same as Google wants to do and it stays in place at all costs, even if it means removing programs that are considered illegal in the country, including VPN services. Apple can not afford to lose the App Store in China because it alone would give the iPhone business a significant blow. Without access to the App Store, iPhones and iPads sold in China would not have any way to install any apps, regardless of whether they are labeled as legal in the country or not.
Recent reports that look at trade with the US and China war from Apple's point of view said that the iPhone manufacturer could be concerned that Chinese regulators could take more action against the company as the trade war escalated.