Apple restricts AirDrop file sharing on iPhones in China
< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">The AirDrop function allows you to quickly send files from one iPhone to another.
Apple giant Apple has imposed cross-device file sharing restrictions on its smartphones sold in China. The AirDrop function could potentially be used to circumvent censorship and disseminate information deemed hostile or critical of power.
iPhone's AirDrop feature lets you share all types of content, including photos and videos, with another nearby Apple device. Files can thus be quickly shared from one smartphone of the brand to another (of the same brand), or even from a MacBook to an iPhone.
Since Wednesday, an update on these phones sold in China automatically disables this function after 10 minutes. This new restriction greatly reduces the likelihood of receiving files unexpectedly from unknown persons.
The AirDrop function could previously be used to transmit messages deemed sensitive safe from censorship.
It has notably been used in public places to broadcast slogans critical of the ruling Communist Party, following a rare protest in Beijing last month. Banners hostile to President Xi Jinping were then briefly hung on a bridge in the capital, just before a Communist Party congress.
This gesture of defiance was surprising in a city then squared by the security forces and equipped with countless surveillance cameras.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for an explanation from the #x27;Agence France-Presse.
The brand's products sold outside of China did not appear to be affected by these restrictions on the latest iOS 16.1.1 update. Apple told Bloomberg, however, that the limitation will be rolled out globally over the next year to mitigate unwanted file sharing.
Several Internet users welcomed Thursday, on the Chinese social network Weibo, a positive measure intended to considerably reduce the harassment of unknown people.
Others mocked the CEO of Apple. Is Tim Cook a member of the Communist Party? questioned an Internet user ironically.
China closely monitors what is offered on its Internet network. Censorship bodies in particular erase content that portrays state policy in a bad light or that could create unrest.
Many media sites foreigners are also unavailable without the use of circumvention software such as a virtual private network (VPN).