Dpple now has to offer russian iPhone users native apps during setup thanks to the new law. Russia wants to reduce dependence on the outside.
Apple now has to offer russian iPhone users native apps during setup thanks to the new law. iPhones purchased in Russia initially show a list of Russian-made apps thanks to a new law that came into force today, MacRumorsreported.
The new update is said to be part of the standard iPhone setup process and appears after the user has selected other options, such as allowing Location Services or App Analytics.
Apple passed the law last month
Before the list of a dozen apps is shown, its users receive a warning text saying, “In accordance with Russian legal requirements, continue to view existing applications that can be downloaded.”
Many apps on the list include various Yandex apps, an email app from Mail.ru,a video live streaming service called OK Live, and the popular Russian social network VK.
The new regulation comes in response to a law first enacted in 2019that requires manufacturers to pre-install Russian-made software on devices sold in the country. Following this arrangement, last month Appleagreed to comply with the law by giving users the option to install initially Russian-made apps.
The law covers smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, laptops and desktops.
According to Reuters, the law is part of an attempt to reduce Russia’s dependence on foreign companies, as well as gain more control over the internet.