Apple is very fond of boasting of its independence and lack of currents towards countries, governments and states. Stories like this below, however, serve to remind us that even the all-powerful Ma sometimes has to bow to the political pressures of places to adapt.
According to journalist Wang Boyuan of TechCrunch, Apple made a major change in the newly released macOS Mojave 10.14.4: from the new version of the system, Macs purchased from China can no longer display / type the emoji of Taiwan flag (🇹🇼) by no means not even moving the computer region to another location.
If you remember correctly, this is the same way that iOS followed a while ago: iPhones and iPads sold in the Wall Country cannot display the Taiwanese flag sticker since 2017, regardless of the region in which they are configured. The Mac, in turn, could display the emoji in question if it was configured for another territory up to macOS 10.14.3; Now, no more.
The only ways around this barrier, as Boyuan speculates, would be to set the Mac to another region already in its first boot or, alternatively, editing a system .plist file and restarting the machine are only hypotheses, however.
The reasons for this block are known: The Chinese government has a very complicated relationship with Taiwan as an independent state. Beijing insists that government agencies and companies operating in the country refer to the country as a Chinese province even though Taiwan has its own government, armed forces, currency and independent elections.
O timing of the curious block: as informed the Bloomberg, Tim cook In person, he recently visited China, where he met with the Deputy Prime Minister, visited Apple Wangfujing and urged the country to continue opening its economy in a speech at the Chinese Development Forum held annually in the Chinese capital.
At a time when Ma's sales there are down, it seems to be a well-directed speech, doesn't it?