Russia encourages people to stop using Apple products there is a risk of invasion

Russia urges people to cease using Apple products due to invasion risk

【Phoneauto News】Recently, Phoneauto noticed that according to relevant media reports, Russia is encouraging people to stop using products from Apple, such as the iPhone. It is reported that this is because they believe that using Apple products carries certain risks. Currently, Russia’s Ministry of Trade has begun to ban the use of iPhones for “work purposes,” and the Ministry of Digital Development has also expressed its intention to follow suit. According to investigations in Russia, thousands of iPhones have been infiltrated, which is caused by the manufacturer’s backdoor programs running. The officials are urging Russian iPhone users to check their phones for viruses, as there is a possibility of infection.

Currently, for several reasons, the presence of Apple phones in the Russian market is rapidly declining. In April 2023, M.Video-Eldorado, Russia’s largest consumer electronics retail chain, conducted an analysis of the Russian smartphone market in the first quarter of 2023. The survey shows that in the first quarter of 2023, a total of approximately 6.5 million smartphones were sold in the Russian market, which is roughly the same as the same period in 2022. Among them, Chinese brands accounted for over 70% of the Russian smartphone market, achieving a significant increase compared to 50% in 2022.

Specifically, the top five brands in terms of market share in the Russian smartphone market are Xiaomi, Realme, Samsung, Apple, and Transsion. Xiaomi has grown from second place in 2022 to the current number one in the Russian market, and Realme has grown from fourth place in 2022 to the current second place. In addition, Transsion is actually a Chinese phone manufacturer, but its products are not currently sold openly in the Chinese market.

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