Two weeks ago, we talked about a bill from Russia that would threaten Apple's operations in the country by forcing every foreign electronic device sold there to come from the factory with preinstalled local software. Well apparently, the whole thing is going on and Ma is not happy about it.
According to the Reuters, the president Vladimir Putin signed last Monday (2/12) the bill, created by a suprapartisan commission of the Russian Federal Assembly. With that, from the day July 1, 2020, all foreign smartphones, tablets, computers and smart TVs sold in the country will necessarily come with Russian software either in place of or in addition to traditional handset applications.
In the coming months, the government will make a specific list of the types of electronic devices that will be affected by the law; It is another relationship to define the applications and software that should be installed on the devices. The legislation is not unanimous, however: the Russian Ministry of Communications has refused to support the project, saying it would limit consumer rights.
Officially, the justification for the legislation is to strengthen the local IT market and give Russian citizens more choice when choosing their digital services, but the news, of course, was badly received by manufacturers operating in Russia. The country's electronics market is dominated by foreign companies, especially American and Asian; Representatives of some of them stated anonymously that the government's decision was taken without consulting them.
According to the Russian newspaper The bell (Google Translate), the bill referred to informally among lawmakers as the “Anti-apple law”Because Cupertino's company is the most closed-down in terms of software and is most likely not to give in to government requirements to sell iPhones, iPads, and Macs with software that is not its own.
To Kommersant, an anonymous Apple source compared the practical Russian law of jailbreak that is, making room for factory-installed external software on their products would pose the same security risk of unlocking iPhones and iPads.
A requirement to add third party applications to Apple's ecosystem would be equivalent to making jailbreak on devices. Such a practice would pose a security threat, and the company cannot tolerate such a risk.
That is, Apple seems to be irreducible in its position. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming months, so let's wait.
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