Apple Continues to Make Progress on Chinese Wi-Fi-Capable iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 4, 2010.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    IDG News Service reports that Chinese regulators have approved the required frequency ranges for a new iPhone offering the Chinese version of Wi-Fi, a feature the device has lacked since its launch there last October.
    According to the regulatory agency, the new iPhone supports WAPI (WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure), a homegrown Chinese security protocol.

    Apple must still receive a network access license before launching the new iPhone model for sale. Representatives for Apple's carrier partner China Unicom had indicated at the time of the iPhone's original launch there that they had hoped for the release of a Wi-Fi-capable version by the end of 2009, but the process is clearly taking longer than originally anticipated.

    Article Link: Apple Continues to Make Progress on Chinese Wi-Fi-Capable iPhone
  2. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    China is becoming the new America: they have all these weird exclusive standards that are different from the rest of the world. If I lived there I'd be constantly using Witopia VPN on my wireless hotspot at home.
  3. macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2008
    china doesn't need the iPhone, they can use their cheap little knockoff iphones... :p
    And why would you need wifi in a country without internet?
  4. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008

  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2009

    Woa! Where the hell did that come from?! You uh... you need to work on that. Bad dog!
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    So...would these work on Verizon? Isn't that WCDMA?
  7. macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2008
    Mc Carthy would have drooled to Chinese Government paranoia. but we are not like them for now at least. :eek:.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2008
    He came from the Republican Don't know dick University.

    Where they are taught to make believe everything and know basically nothing.

    Do people still think China is some backward country? They may not be us here in the USA but they are catching up and will probably surpass us in the coming decade or two, considering a large part of american society is getting dumber than a rock.

    Now lets pray. "Oh great white bearded man in sky, may through your glory smite the china located somewhere because I can't read a map. Amen! :rolleyes:
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2005
    It doesn't require any hardware changes. All Broadcom WiFi chips that Apple uses already support WAPI.
  10. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    No, Verizon is CDMA2000. AT&T is WCDMA in some areas and GSM in most.
  11. macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2010
    I've heard my parents talking about getting iPhones. I guess this is all they needed to make it happen because they arnt ones to buy unlocked black-market phones.

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