Apple in China: Why the company withdrew VPN apps from its App Store

Apple recently removed several (and possibly all) virtual private network (VPN) apps from its App Store in China. Three VPN providers confirmed removal, and Apple provided a statement that said that regulations put in place in January were the cause. We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations, Apple said in the statement. Last January, China began to more strictly enforce existing regulations that require internet services to obtain licenses.

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