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Apple now shows iPhone owners in government-approved apps in Russia

Russians who set up the new iPhone from now on will see apps approved by the Russian government. In addition, Apple claims and complies with a new Russian law Macroemers.

The law states that smartphones, computers and smart TVs sold in Russia must have pre-installed software. The idea is that Russian software makers can better compete with alternatives from the makers of the two major operating systems for phones, Google and Apple.

The Russians who set up the iPhone will see Apple’s announcement. “Here are some applications from Russian developers that you can download, in accordance with legal requirements,” the company writes.

These applications include the various applications of the Russian company Yandex, the mail application of and the popular Russian social media VK. You can install them directly with a button next to the app names.

Last month, Apple said it would comply with Russian law by displaying these types of applications during installation. IPhone users are not forced to download apps, but everyone looks at the screen. In addition, Apple says it will evaluate them in advance to ensure compliance with the company’s terms.

Criticism of Russian law has also arisen. Reuters In this way Moscow enforces more control over the Internet and closes itself off from foreign companies and ways, he writes.

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