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Apple Store / Apple news / Russian software on the iPhone: why this decision was made and how it will affect the average user
01 April 2021

Russian software on the iPhone: why this decision was made and how it will affect the average user

Features of Russian software. How Apple gave permission to install programs from Russian developers

Катерина Антонюк

Apple has agreed to enforce the law on the installation of Russian software on smartphones. As a result, Russian software will appear on gadgets from April 1. The product list includes not only smartphones, but also tablets, laptops and desktops, TVs and other equipment.

Yes, after purchasing the gadget after activation, the user will be able to select applications from Russian developers for further installation.

The agreement was reached between Apple and the leadership of the Ministry of Finance. One of the publishers reports that back in 2020, Apple began preparations during the release of iOS 14.3. A closed beta version has been released for Russia and several other countries. The peculiarity of this version was that on smartphones and other equipment there was a function to run applications in the App Store from third-party developers. And this option fully meets the requirements of the law on reconfiguration of Russian software for smartphones and tablets.

Apple claims to comply with the law in all countries with which it cooperates. In addition, Cupertino added that for more than 10 years the App Store is a proven app store.

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The law on updated software will come into force on April 1, 2021. According to the data, all gadgets from Apple will have to have Russian software. The law primarily applies to smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, computers and more.

IPhone with Russian software

The list of approved applications is different for each device. The innovations apply not only to iOS gadgets, but also to the Android operating system. However, there are some differences. For example, for Android smartphones should be offered at least 16 domestic programs to choose from. Experts are confident that this will open up great opportunities for Russian developers, which did not exist before, and they will be able to compete with foreign projects.

Before passing such a law, there were some nuances. First of all, there were difficulties in agreeing with Apple. Everyone understands that the company does not allow foreign organizations to deal with their products.

Many experts did not believe that Cupertino would accept the offer. However, everything happened differently.

Russian activation and its features

According to the agreements reached during the negotiations, after the first launch of the smartphone, which was purchased in Russia, the user will be offered another list of applications that need to be downloaded. This list will be offered by default and will contain only those appendices that have been approved by the Russian government.

Russian applications

In this case, each user can install the applications offered from the default list, or select only a few of them.

If, over time, new programs become more interesting to users, they will also be included in the approved list. Therefore, no one will insist on installing only certain applications.

There is also information that negotiations are underway to create an additional section in the application store, in which there will be a specialized list of applications from Russian developers. However, there is no information yet on the outcome of these talks. It is possible that such a section will soon appear on the pages of the App Store and for Ukrainian users.

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