I guess it probably depends on how valuable Apple's manufacturing business is to China. I'm willing to bet that iPods, laptops and pretty every other physical item in Apple's line is significant enough for them to pay attention. Some people might get disappeared.
But really, maybe Apple has learned a lesson here. Don't just validate cards using an algorithm. Keep track of which numbers you've sold, same as a credit card issuer.
Chemist who falls in acid will be tripping for weeks.