They know Apple won't give up the source.
This is just a prelude to escalating trade sanctions. Russia will ban the iPhone under the pretext of security concerns instead of calling it tit for tat.
I didn't hear to many protests when countries here in the west were skeptical, and some (in my opinion correctly) banned the installation of Huawei telecom structure, not quite the same but still a fairly similar reaction which I can quite understand trying to see it from the other side.
iTunes Match is great, I've been subscribing for a couple of years now.
I don't even need to store my files on my drives anymore after I upload it to iTunes Match, as that is where my entire master library now resides. The entire library can easily be downloaded again anytime that I please.
So do I, no question. But for anything in 'our system' to correct itself it needs to be constantly scrutinized, called out, and challenged. Not to challenge the powers that be to prove they are at all times serving the greater good is the worst kind of servility. One that mocks the idea of true democracy.
Some western countries had banned Huawei equipment to be used by numerous western governments, due to the firm's alleged ties to the Chinese govt.
We all know how the Chinese spies and hacks, so this is completely understandable.
Huawei was banned from the tender list in US and Australia for a national telecommunication system, and was scrutinized in other counties (an hopefully banned, i don't know), because obviously basing sensitive telecommunication on Chinese equipment may provide for an opening to monitor the communication. For the same reason, given the nature of my job, I am not allowed to use a memory stick at all, and if specifically given one I have to hand it over to our security department. The same goes for phones, we use iPhones because, except for Blackberry, my employer is not allowed to use them. Industrial and national espionage, is for real, and is conducted by both the good and the bad side, whatever side you are on, even if there is a lot of paranoia out there.
Neither the Chinese government nor any Chinese manufacturer make decisions regarding where Apple products are sold or shipped. Apple owns the devices and only they decide where they are shipped, within the approved list of US Export Control of course, and where not restricted by any trade embargoes that may be imposed by a foreign government.
Depends on whether it includes iOS 7 or iOS 8. And whether or not the thumbprint data hash code is part of iOS source or part of the Touch ID firmware. (Especially the algorithm that identifies a Secure Enclave's ID as belonging to its specific matching iPhone hardware ID.)
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The Russian government seems to want to know ALL information. What's interesting is that Snowden said he hadn't given up all of the information he had, that he was keeping some back as leverage to those who might try to harm him. I assume KGB President Putin & associates have really been nice to him in order that he reveal lots of info regarding NSA & the rest of the world. Snowden may claim he doesn't have info on Russia, but I can't believe that President Putin would let that go. Based on polygraph & then escalating levels of interviews & interrogations, the Russians may extract the info from Snowden, even that which he wanted to 'hold back.' If not sooner, he will be leveraged just prior to his Russian 'welcome' visa expiring.
I believe this demand from Apple is push back from political pressure & embargoes over the Ukraine issues, even though it may have been ongoing requests from others.
Errr, somewhere around 300 Russian journalists have been killed since 1993 for 'telling tales' that some people would rather weren't heard.
I think it quite interesting that the Russian government just recently announced a competition within Russia for a way to identify Tor users.
True...F.O. Russia. The entire iOS devices sold in Russia is probably less than that in California alone. Who gives the sh.t about Russia? By the time Cooks gives Russia the source code, Putin will give it out to all Russian companies for free.
I have an idea. Let's revert to law of the jungle.
Firefox for phones, Ubuntu for phones, and more GNU/Linux OSs. will function just fine in the Kremlin and China. It will just take a while for enough manufacturers to adopt their systems. This will give a leg up for Android.
If Apple wants to survive in those nations it had better become an open source provider. Why shouldn't it? Apple makes money on hardware right? That is what is always said here so often. If India ever has the same concerns Apple will make their code available to those governments or make its software open source. You can bet that three gigantic nations (China, Russia, India) with billions of potential customers at stake will have a huge effect on that decision.
Open source programs lead to a much safer environment for all of us. Everybody should embrace it and encourage Apple to release the code.