Some users said they planned to access WeChat in the U.S. using a virtual private network (VPN).
In his latest report, TF International Securities analyst Kuo Ming-chi estimated that global iPhone shipments could drop by 25 to 30 percent if Apple is forced to remove WeChat from its global app store. Besides, the annual shipments of other Apple hardware devices, including AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac, will be revised down by 15 to 25 percent.
Over a dozen major U.S. international business executives joined in a call with White House officials on Tuesday to raise their concerns about President Donald Trump's planned restrictions targeting the WeChat app from China's Tencent Holdings Ltd., according to a Wall Street Journal report.
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.
WeChat users in the U.S. rushed to install the app before it could disappear from the app stores. They have also turned to QQ, as the ban did not specifically cover this product.