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The reality is that it is plausible that components from China were compromised and PLA planned it, but they could also have been purged. One the other hand if you have expience within China you also know that the “chaos factor” of central planning and political purges makes a lot of things less effective-vast numbers of non working cameras supposedly watching for example. China is not a monolithic well oiled machine and political rivalries and political purges take their toll!
These are somewhat valid points!
Trump’s use of iPhones is another area where devices can be secured quite easily and “stingers” where listening in can be used can be defeated with several options in carrier/network profile management, but Intel community fails POTUS. Apple could further ensure corporate clients better security as well and NYT reporters are either stupid or revealing Apple’s leaving holes in US like they do in China for CCP!
Apple needs to defend privacy on an even higher leve than they have previously. We use strong encryption that works on the iPhone and secures our proprietary information. It detects stinger intercepts and we track everything.