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Customers shop at an Apple store on November 28, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Apple is currently facing shortages in iPhone supplies due to COVID-19 restrictions in China and unrest at one of Apple’s major Chinese suppliers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 2:46 PM PT – Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Apple has limited a key-feature used by Chinese anti-lockdown protesters to circumvent censorship.

Apple had launched an update to its iPhones sold in mainland China on November 9th. This limited the duration and file-sharing abilities of its air-drop software.

Chinese users can now only set their airdrop to receive messages from people outside of their contacts for 10 minutes before shutting off and can only share-files and data with other iPhone in their contacts.

Airdrop was widely used during the 2019 pro-democracy protests due to its ability to evade censorship by forming a phone-to-phone connection using Bluetooth which did not require internet access.

Apple has repeatedly helped Chinese authorities squash dissent mostly by removing the apps protesters use to communicate or organize.

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