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Apple to Allow Russians to Pre-Install Local Apps on Their iPhones

Mar, 2021

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Apple will allow users to install applications and software’s from Russian development companies on its gadgets such as iPhones, iPads and Mac sold in the country.

As per the report of Apple, from April 1 2021, people in Russia who purchase a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad will be directed during setup to open a new page in the Apple Store to active or load the Russian software. The applications that occur have been recommended by the government of Russia, but Apple will only be able to show applications that meet with the company's apple store review guidelines. The California-based technology firm, Cupertino,   stated that the change is being made to follow local guidelines and regulations. A new consumer safety policy that needs the pre-installation of Russian software comes into effect from April 2021. This law was made in 2019 in part to help local vendors to operate more efficiently. This will be the first time Apple is allowing users to download third-party software on its gadgets during setup. In Apple’s previous updates, the company has also added country-specific functions to its operating system, such as map views in China, but it has avoided other common applications pre-installation process.

Although installing Russian software on local devices is optional, the government has recently restricted citizens' ability to communicate privately on their gadgets. In recent years, Russian authorities have banned the private messenger app Telegram, and the government has also been accused of spying on citizens. According to Apple, it utilises strong encryption and does not store customer passcodes. Apple had to face criticism for updating its Maps in Russia, which showed Crimea as part of Russia rather than Ukraine in 2019. This came into the news after some months when the government of Russia pressurised the mapping service providers to change Crimea's designation.

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