On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a press conference that the implications of a WeChat ban on Apple is real, and threatened that people would boycott the company if a ban is put in place.
If WeChat is banned, then there will be no reason why Chinese shall keep iPhone and apple products.Zhao Lijian said in a tweet put out on an iPhone
The comments came now less than two weeks from President Trump’s imposed September 15th deadline for a US company to purchase TikTok’s US operations, and to find a workaround for WeChat.
WeChat in China is essential for day to day life, the app controls most people’s daily business such as payments, banking, and communication. Thanks to China’s strict censorship controls, apps on the App Store are limited and often get taken down if they go against the regime’s agenda.
Apple analysts Ming-Chi Kuo said in a recent investors note that iPhone shipments could drop nearly 30% in China if the app is banned, leading Apple to reportedly voice concerns to the White House. Despite Apple voicing concerns, President Trump shrugged the impacts of a ban at a White House press briefing.