iOS and the Chinese

Developing for multiple regions and multiple platforms comes with its challenges. Apple CEO Tim Cook a year ago criticized Facebook’s data privacy practices and characterized privacy as a human right.*
Yesterday they launched another privacy stunt while we as developers get nice letters from them, informing us that some functionality must be removed. I presume Tim Cook thinks this will enhance privacy for our chinese customers, but this has caused a small delay for us.

Unfortunately we will remove not only CallKit functionality for our Chinese Customers, but also our App from the chinese Apple App store market to comply with Apples requests.


Tomas F.Ralfs


“From Apple
5. Legal: Preamble
Guideline 5.0 – Legal

Recently, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) requested that CallKit functionality be deactivated in all apps available on the China App Store. During our review, we found that your app currently includes CallKit functionality and has China listed as an available territory in iTunes Connect.

Next Steps

This app cannot be approved with CallKit functionality active in China. Please make the appropriate changes and resubmit this app for review. If you have already ensured that CallKit functionality is not active in China, you may reply to this message in Resolution Center to confirm. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) call functionality continues to be allowed but can no longer take advantage of CallKit’s intuitive look and feel. CallKit can continue to be used in apps outside of China.”

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