Some Chinese immigrants and expats worry losing access to the popular WeChat could cut off contact with family and friends in China.
In 2019, Chinese visitors spent more than 1.3 billion dollars visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. For many of them, WeChat, with its ability to make payments, played a valuable role.
According to a survey on China's Twitter-like social media platform Weibo, about 95 percent of 1.2 million people that responded said they would switch to an Android smartphone over an iPhone rather than give up WeChat if it were banned.
Apple has spent years building China into a 44 billion U.S. dollars growth driver. In the second quarter of 2020, the company's revenue from the Chinese market accounted for over 15 percent of its total.
Apple will be put into a very difficult situation if it is forced to remove WeChat from its App Store.