Since the turn of the month, all mobile phones sold in Russia must offer apps from Russian developers and now it is clear how Apple has chosen to implement the law.
Instead of adding a lot of pre-installed apps, Apple has decided to add a box that appears during activation. There, users are offered to download a number of Russian apps, including Yandex Browser, Yandex Maps, Yandex Disk, ICQ, OK Live and VK.
In the following Twitter post, you can see what the layout looks like:
Here is how it looks in the actual setup. pic.twitter.com/QOUwwIGSnx
– Khaos Tian (@KhaosT) April 1, 2021
Users can choose to refrain from installing the apps in question, so possibly Russian authorities may tighten the requirements on Apple eventually. At the time of writing, however, there is no indication that the arrangement violates the law.
Users who activate a new Iphone in Russia will from 1 April have a different experience than elsewhere. Instead of leaving the country, Apple has chosen to follow a new Russian law which will then enter into force, reports 9 to 5 Mac.
The new law requires that mobile phones sold in the country come with a bunch of apps pre-installed, from a list produced by the Russian state, writes 9 to 5 Mac.
Apple’s method for complying with the law is to install the apps from the App Store as part of the activation guide. Users get a list of the apps, and can manually deselect individual apps if they do not want them.
When the law was first enacted, Apple threatened to withdraw from the Russian market. Whether it was empty words, or whether Apple found a way to follow the one that was not as disgusting, does not appear.