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China Approves Sale of Newest iPhones

FILE - The iPhone 6 plus, at left, and iPhone 6 are displayed.
FILE - The iPhone 6 plus, at left, and iPhone 6 are displayed.

Apple's latest iPhone can now be sold in China after the U.S.-based company assured Beijing it would not share user data with other governments.

China's phone regulator, which approved the sale of the phones Tuesday, said Apple promised to fix potential security risks in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The regulator said Apple also promised it never established any so-called "back door" that allows governments to access user data, and said it "never will."

The assurances follow reports that the U.S. National Security Agency was able to access Apple, Google and other servers using secret surveillance programs. The reports were based on top secret documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Chinese state media have since run reports accusing various Apple products of threatening national security.

Apple has not said when its new iPhones, which were released on September 19, will be sold in China, the world's largest smartphone market.

In a statement, Apple welcomed the approval, saying the new iPhones would be available on all three of China's major state-owned carriers beginning October 17.

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