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MacRumors
Jan 28, 2010, 03:28 PM
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Cloned in China reports (http://www.clonedinchina.com/2010/01/foxconn-is-building-wapi-version-iphone-for-china-unicom.html) on an article (http://www.pcpop.com/doc/0/494/494190.shtml) [Google translation (http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http://www.pcpop.com/doc/0/494/494190.shtml&hl=en&langpair=auto|en)] from Chinese site PCPOP claiming that Apple partner Foxconn has begun manufacturing WAPI-capable iPhones for distribution in China. The Chinese WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) standard is similar to the global Wi-Fi standard.

The iPhone launched in China (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/10/30/iphone-launches-today-in-china/) at the end of October, but did not offer Wi-Fi-like connectivity due to legal restrictions imposed by the Chinese government. The restrictions were lifted prior to the iPhone's launch, but not before Apple had already produced a significant quantity of the WAPI-less models. At the time of the iPhone's launch there, China Unicom representatives had expressed hope that revised models offering WAPI could be available by the end of 2009.

Article Link: Apple Finally Preparing to Launch WAPI-Capable iPhone in China? (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2010/01/28/apple-finally-preparing-to-launch-wapi-capable-iphone-in-china/)



libertyforall
Jan 28, 2010, 05:25 PM
More Communist China idiocy & restrictions.

leonstafford
Jan 29, 2010, 08:38 AM
****** China's regime which thinks it knows better than the rest of the world.

Hey China, guess what? You don't know ****!

Big companies should just boycott China, hopefully the result of the recent Google mess will make other companies think twice about bending over for China... Apple just looks stupid for even considering the Chinese market.

Kilamite
Jan 29, 2010, 09:17 AM
While China's regulations and communism influence are a huge annoyance to a company (like Apple or Google), let's not forget their population and the market opportunity there.

qubex
Jan 29, 2010, 09:53 AM
And let's not forget that both standards are equally arbitrary, and that simply because one originates from within a one-party system does not make it technically inferior.

guzhogi
Jan 29, 2010, 10:34 AM
****** China's regime which thinks it knows better than the rest of the world.

Hey China, guess what? You don't know ****!

Big companies should just boycott China, hopefully the result of the recent Google mess will make other companies think twice about bending over for China... Apple just looks stupid for even considering the Chinese market.

Don't forget, manufacturing stuff in China IS cheaper than the US and some other countries so I guess that more than makes up for it for these companies.

qubex
Jan 29, 2010, 11:24 AM
Don't forget, manufacturing stuff in China IS cheaper than the US and some other countries so I guess that more than makes up for it for these companies.
The original poster doesn't realise there's nothing ideological in an electromagnetic signal.

Xavier
Jan 29, 2010, 11:44 AM
Wi-Fi is bring the world to an end. The more places that support it, the less of a chance we have for survival.

jordanh91
Jan 29, 2010, 02:06 PM
Wi-Fi is bring the world to an end. The more places that support it, the less of a chance we have for survival.

Um, what? How is an electromagnetic signal going to "bring the world to an end"??? Oh I get it, haha.

Now for some relevant content... Since China's government loosened their restriction on wifi, why is Apple making a WAPI compliant iPhone if the rumors are true? It's a bit too hard to believe, and thus I call BS on the rumors. :)

IxStyleZ
Jan 30, 2010, 11:13 AM
At the time of the iPhone's launch there, China Unicom representatives had expressed hope that revised models offering WAPI could be available by the end of 2009.


Can't wait til the end of 2009 :rolleyes:

iphones4evry1
Jan 30, 2010, 10:16 PM
Equal access to the internet should be an undeniable human right.
No government should block/censor any individual or group of individuals' access to the internet.

I look favorably upon Google and Apple, and I am MUCH more likely to buy their products, knowing that they support this. :)

hopefully the result of the recent Google mess will make other companies think twice about bending over for China
I've read articles that've said the Chinese government is (secretly) afraid of Google leaving China. Think about how much we use Google in the Americas and Europe. Now think of how it would hinder an entire society/country if all of a sudden Google disappeared tomorrow. It would take you longer to find things on the internet (including university researchers), and collectively, it would slow down the productivity of our society. The Chinese govt knows this and is being very cautious about bluffing versus actually letting Google leave. I think Google did the right thing - just open it up and hope the Chinese govt allows it. If they the Chinese govt stops Google, then they are just f---ing themselves for the future.

ThunderSkunk
Jan 31, 2010, 02:48 AM
I love that my tame comment was the only one removed from this idiotic thread. Brilliant.