iPhones Must Come with Russian Apps Pre-Loaded or Else

Smartphones, computers, and even smart TVs sold in Russia must come with locally-developed apps pre-loaded, according to a new law that was passed earlier this month.

A report from the BBC reveals that Russia wants electronics to be sold with a series of Russian apps pre-installed beginning with July 2020. Devices that do not comply with these requirements will be banned, the report adds.

Like the other smartphones on the market, iPhones will have to comply with the new requirements as well, which technically means that Apple will have to bundle its devices with new Russian applications or leave the market entirely.

Accept it or else

“When we buy complex electronic devices, they already have individual applications, mostly Western ones, pre-installed on them,” Oleg Nikolayev, one of the Russian officials who proposed the new law, explains. “Naturally, when a person sees them, they might… (read more)

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