From July 2020 a new law will come into force in Russia. By means of it, all devices that want to be distributed in the Russian market, will have to bring apps and Russian software pre-installed in their systems . Otherwise they cannot be sold in the country. This new measure will obviously also affect Apple, which is not exactly in favour of pre-installing third-party software.
According to our colleagues in Genbeta, the new law will come into force in the middle of next year. It aims to make it easier for the population to use the country’s own software and services. They indicate that yes, it is possible to install this type of apps and services freely, but that can be a difficulty for older people and that is why they are looking for it to come pre-installed on the devices that are sold.
Whatever Russia’s reasons for proposing and forcing companies to install local software, it will be interesting to see how such companies operate. Not all of them are going to give in and probably the one with the least intention of doing so is Apple with its iPhone, iPad, Mac and other products.
Apple’s argument for not installing third-party software on the iPhone revolves, once again, around security . According to what the Russian media Kommersant has been able to gather, Apple sees the obligation to install third-party apps in the ecosystem as a security problem equivalent to jailbreak.
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During the drafting of this new law, it seems that the company threatened to leave the Russian market if the law became a reality . A market that they strategically do not consider relevant and that they could therefore abandon if the law comes into force. We will see if this is true in the coming months. My bet? There is probably an intermediate solution with some kind of penalty for not pre-installing Russian software, a penalty that is probably not a very high amount for Apple to accept to pay and continue selling its products.