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May 04, 2010

Apple Adjusts iPhone Security Protocol for Chinese Market

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

Apple has reportedly fixed the iPhone (News - Alert) to support a Chinese security protocol for wireless networks.

PC World reports Chinese regulators last month approved the frequency ranges used by a new Apple (News - Alert) mobile phone with 3G and wireless LAN support, China's State Radio Monitoring Center reveals. The device appears to be an iPhone and uses GSM and the 3G standard WCDMA, just like iPhones currently offered in China by local carrier China Unicom. 

However, Apple originally removed WiFi (News - Alert) on the iPhones now sold in China because regulators there began approving mobile phones with WLAN support only last year -- and only if they supported the Chinese security protocol called WAPI, which combines WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure, PC World reported.

Apple was not immediately available to comment.

In other Apple-related news, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are considering an investigation into the potential antitrust issue of Apple blocking Adobe Flash from its devices, TMCnet reported.

According to an article in The Street, the government organizations may have been prompted by Jobs' recent "mauling" of Adobe's Flash technology. A report out of The New York Post noted the two departments are locked in negotiations over which one will lead the investigation.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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