Russia recently passed a law making it mandatory to let Russia-made apps sell on smartphones sold in the country. While this situation did not pose a problem for the Android front, the question was how this law would be implemented on the iPhone. Apple announced last month that it will comply with this law passed by Russia.
Those who live in Russia and have bought a new iPhone will now see a list of applications approved by the government in Russia during the installation phase. The list includes the e-mail program Mail.ru, the payment program MIR, the social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki and the antivirus software from Kaspersky Lab.
IPhone owners living in Russia started sharing photos and videos on social media showing this new installation phase. If we look at the shares, we see that the list includes the Internet browser and map applications of Yandex and the official applications of the Russian Federation. According to the news from the 9to5Mac website, Apple has activated this system on the server.
Although users are presented with an application list, it is not mandatory to install applications from this list. However, it is not possible to skip this screen. On Android, Russian applications are pre-installed on the device. Apple’s statement states that only applications that comply with the App Store instructions can be suggested. Russian law was criticized because the practices could be used for surveillance purposes.
Apple seems to have agreed to comply with the law with some sort of intermediate formula so as not to run into trouble with Russia. Russia had previously punished foreign technology companies for breaking its strict rules. The latest victim of these sentences was Twitter, which has slowed Russia down.