Apple unveils iPhone 15 amid China restrictions

Apple has unveiled new smartphone models that may face headwinds in China. Government employees in the country have reportedly been banned from using iPhones for work.

The US tech giant counts on China for about 20 percent of total sales. Its stock plunged last week after media reports of Beijing's restrictions days before Apple introduced four iPhone 15 smartphones. The devices feature improved cameras and USB Type-C charging ports to meet EU standards.

The European Union requires USB Type-C charging cables for all mobile phones and devices sold within the bloc to reduce waste.

Prices for the iPhone 15 in Japan begin at just under 125,000 yen or about 850 dollars. Apple says it will start taking pre-orders on Friday.