A change in the iOS 16.1.1 update for Chinese users draws attention. Apple limits “Everyone” option in AirDrop to ten minutes on iPhones purchased in mainland China online user reports. This means that people can no longer keep their Airdrop on indefinitely, not even for strangers and contacts.
Some to argue that this feature should have long been an option for all Apple users—sometimes people just forget to disable Airdrop and end up with unsolicited content from unknown users—but others interpret the decision as Apple’s response to recent incidents in China.
Airdrop, which uses Bluetooth Low Energy and peer-to-peer Wi-Fi technology to enable instant file transfer remains one of the few uncensored communication media in China, which is why people used the feature to part politically sensitive content with others in recent weeks like the . of the country top leadership reshuffled.
Despite the rise of local rivals such as Huawei and Oppo, Apple has managed to maintain its dominance in China, especially among the more affluent populations. In the second quarterAccording to Counterpoint’s research, iPhones accounted for 13% of handset shipments in China, up from 18% and 22% in Q1 and Q4, respectively.
It’s not uncommon for Apple to introduce region-specific restrictions to comply with local regulations. In EU countries, for example, users cannot exceed the EU volume level due to hearing protection standards. In China, Apple has a history of applying stricter rules to content-related services, including games and podcasts, an area closely monitored by local authorities.