Apple computers in China chipped?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by appointedtolife, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. appointedtolife macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2011
    My friend bought an iMac here last year from the Beijing store-the main one, totally legit. She couldn't get Skype to start up on it. It would come up, but would never correctly connect. We reinstalled Skype several times. I used it all the time from my macs brought here from the US–using a VPN tunnel to connect. Her's wouldn't connect even with the tunnel. Finally I just wiped her whole hard drive and reinstalled from system discs gotten in the US. Then it worked fine. So we're wondering, is Apple colluding with the Commies to modify their computers to do what the gov wants? Anyone else had this issue or know anything about it? I posted this question at and it was taken down almost instantaneously. So that makes me even more curious if they're hiding something.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It's likely. It's well-known that China imposes terms on businesses in order to have a presence in China.
  3. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Wow this is interesting, I never thought that they would modify the OS to disallow that kind of stuff, crazy.
  4. Contiguous macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    The Telegraph had a story about Skype being made illegal in China. Interesting that you had such difficulty installing it, I am surprised that it looks like they compromised the computer to that extent.

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