'Apple is playing with fire' -- Sen. Marco Rubio

From Demetri Sevastopulo and Patrick McGee's "US lawmakers warn Apple on using Chinese group’s chips in new iPhone" ($) posted Thursday by the Financial Times:

Republican lawmakers have warned Apple that it will face intense scrutiny from Congress if the California company procures memory chips from a controversial Chinese semiconductor manufacturer for the new iPhone 14.

Marco Rubio, Republican vice-chair of the Senate intelligence committee, and Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House foreign affairs committee, said they were alarmed following a media report that Apple would add Yangtze Memory Technologies Co to its list of suppliers for Nand flash memory chips that are used to store data on smartphones.

“Apple is playing with fire,” Rubio told the Financial Times. “It knows the security risks posed by YMTC. If it moves forward, it will be subject to scrutiny like it has never seen from the federal government. We cannot allow Chinese companies beholden to the Communist party into our telecommunications networks and millions of Americans’ iPhones.”

Asked about the congressional concerns, Apple told the FT it did not use YMTC chips in any products but said it was “evaluating sourcing from YMTC for Nand chips to be used in some iPhones sold in China”.

My take: Little Marco is at it again. Rubio has burnished his anti-communist image in Florida not just by using YMTC's communist ties to slime Apple (April 2022), but also for collaborating with Vladimir Putin (Oct. 2021) and for "turning the cloud" over to China (Aug. 2020).

12 Comments

  1. Robert Stack said:
    PED: “‘Apple is playing with fire’ — Sen. Carlo Rubio”

    I think you mean Marco! That’s what happens when you get up at 2AM! 🙂

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    September 9, 2022
  2. Robert Stack said:
    On another note, Carlo/Marco is totally fine with the ex-Prez having highly classified intel laying around in closets at MAL. He said yesterday that this is nothing more than a “storage issue.”

    Ergo I don’t think any of us need lectures from pompous you-know-whats about NatSec!

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    September 9, 2022
  3. Daniel Epstein said:
    I notice the headline says “US lawmakers warn Apple” then quickly turns to Republican lawmakers and ends up with Marco Rubio and Michael McCaul being the main mouth pieces for this. And apparently he/they don’t have any good info behind this which would make this some kind of useful concern. They read about it in the paper. My first thought was Republican’s pro business stance must be suffering. Maybe they are actually trying to shift the subject away from Donald Trump”s classified document scandal by creating a straw man issue and Apple in the title draws a lot of eyeballs as so many others know and use. Rubio who once seemed to have some promise is bad news and this kind of rhetoric is just one small example of why. Michael McCaul thinks Biden is letting China “Create a war machine” as if the previous presidents had some how stopped China in the past. Sure!

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    September 9, 2022
  4. I thought ‘Carlo’ was deliberate. Marco Rubio & Carlo Gambino go together like peanut butter & jelly.
    Sticking his grubby mitts in Tim Cook’s curated supply chain is ‘playing with fire.’ The entire threat is garbage as the US Senator raced to make a threat without even waiting for an iPhone 14 tear down.
    Who in their right mind teases a nearly $3 trillion gorilla anyway?

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    September 9, 2022
  5. Bart Yee said:
    Florida Man Little Marco can’t deal with National Security at Mar-A-Lago being beholden to TFG. He apparently has no problem with Chinese knockoff smart products and some Chinese made and sourced smartphones, Watches, fitness trackers, streaming TV boxes, thermostats, and smart speakers being sold by the millions on Amazon and other stores. And of course all the toys with chips in them coming from China to bolster US retail sales.
    Let alone Chinese made components in automobiles from all makers.

    But really, what can we expect from this guy and his colleagues in Texas and Florida?

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    September 9, 2022
  6. Brian Loftus said:
    You guys really want to launch a political blog?

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    September 9, 2022
    • S Lawton said:
      Commenters here have often disparaged those who publicly criticize Apple. Is Marco immune because he is a politician? How often has I logic had been criticized here?

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      September 9, 2022
      • David Emery said:
        The argument against Chinese chips is ‘national security risks’. So an assessment of other national security risks does seem to be at least somewhat relevant.

        Personally I don’t lose much sleep over Chinese components in an iPhone, because I trust Apple’s supply chain management. (Lockheed and Honeywell, on the other hand, let some Chinese parts slip through F-35, despite all the legal/contractual requirements to prevent that.)

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        September 9, 2022
  7. Alan Trerise said:
    A giant eye roll in Cupertino. Now they have to find some poor soul to explain to Congress how NAND works so they reholster their weapons.

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    September 9, 2022
  8. Christopher McManus said:
    Some people have no depth to their opinions

    And are aghast when others disagree with them

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    September 9, 2022

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