China is suspicious of the so-called Apple Watch 3, espionage? - CYDIAPLUS.com

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Friday, 20 October 2017

China is suspicious of the so-called Apple Watch 3, espionage?



New Apple Watch Series 3 LTE call features are not yet available on operators' plans in China after being "denied unexplained" just one week after the smartwatch was launched in September.

Originally, the Apple Watch Series 3 models had plans with operator China Unicom , but on September 28 the company withdrew LTE subscriptions from the device.


Those users who subscribed to the service before the date have not been affected by the measure, but anyone who tries to hire this plan on their Apple Watch will not be able to do so since then.
Analysts believe that the withdrawal of this function is a matter for the government

We all know that China is a very peculiar country, a country where censorship is the order of the day. And national security is very important to your government. That is why industry analysts believe the suspension of LTE calls has been due to concerns about the Chinese government's security .

Be that as it may, on the official Apple support website in China all operators (China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom) mention that the feature "will arrive later this year".


Analysts believe security concerns have grown in China's government over issues related to spying on Apple's mobile devices. Apple Watch uses technology different from that of conventional smartphones, and China's strict regulatory policies can not be jumped over the new LTE product.


Specifically, the problem would be in the user identification system. When a user buys a smartphone in China, they register to obtain a SIM card under their real names. But the Apple Watch contains a small eSIM card placed on the Apple device. This is how operators could trace the identity of the device.

While the Chinese government is seeking a solution to this problem, it could take months before LTE functionality is available again in the country.

Source | Macrumors 

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