Apple shares are higher in out-of-hours activity Monday, amid reports the tech giant has removed up to 25,000 illegal apps from the China App store. The apps are said to be related to gambling and fake lottery tickets, which are illegal in China.
Apple shares ended the US Friday session 2% higher at $217.58. The stock is also in the green in pre-market activity, Monday.
Apple removes illegal apps
Numerous reports, citing a news item on Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV, said the tech innovator has recently pulled some 25,000 apps from its China app store. While fake gambling apps wouldn’t be welcome anywhere in the world, China has strict rules about what tech is and isn’t allowed there.
“Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China,” Apple said in a statement.
“We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store,” the statement went on.
Prior to this Chinese news report, Apple has also removed Skype and some virtual private networks, (VPNs), which can be used to access other cites that have been blocked for use in the country.
iPhone explodes in Amsterdam Apple store
Separately, reports suggest an iPhone has exploded in an Amsterdam Apple store, resulting in the leakage of potentially harmful chemicals and the temporary closure of the store.
Those reports say that after the iPhone exploded, staff quickly made the phone safe in a container of sand. The fire brigade arrived on scene and shoppers were evacuated while the professional worked to minimise the release of any harmful vapours.
Like other smart phone manufacturers, Apple’s iPhone uses lithium-ion batteries. And, while there have been relatively few reported problems with them, they are prone to exploding if the casing around them becomes damaged or other parts of the phone overheat.