China iPhone 4 Maps looming Controversy

September 30, 2010

China Unicom, Apple’s carrier partner in China, has sold over 100,000 iPhone 4 in four days, but that is hardly news as compared to what those iPhone 4 have inside them. Interestingly, the built-in Maps application in the iPhone 4 sold in China are crippled.

Further, it was revealed that maps in the iPhone 4 have been censored by the Chinese government. The iphone 4 maps show Arunachal Pradesh (currently a state of India) as part of China. However if you have a look at the world map it clearly shows Arunachal Pradesh as part of India. Not only this, the maps of Rome, don’t have street names whereas in Paris, Montreal, and Sydney Street names are only in Chinese. Additionally, the iPhone Safari search bar only lets them search via Google.cn. According to The Hindu, China has tightened its grip on map makers and surveyors to ensure that all map services display international borders that adhere to Chinese government’s specifications.

Image Courtesy: TechTree

Looks like Chinese government wants their citizens to pretend that China is the only country in the world. We are yet to see how this controversy evolves when India officially will respond to this latest move by China.

[via Ogle Earth]

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