Apple reportedly cuts over 700 apps from Chinese App Store

Yolanda Curtis
December 2, 2018

The telecom regulator had been waiting for Apple to implement an anti-spam feature within iOS, but without it, India was left little room to work with.

AdvertisementThe version of TRAI DND - Do Not Disturb just approved appears to deal with Apple's concerns. Back in August, Apple pulled 25,000 apps from its store in China following criticism from the state-run media, which accused it of allowing banned content on the platform.

Apple is now hosting the app- "TRAI DND-Do Not Disturb"- as long as it does not compromise Apple's privacy norms and also meets Trai's objectives. And now, the app is available for iPhone and iPad users as well.

"Reports have suggested that the average person receives upwards of 10 unwanted calls and messages in a given day, which the app combats by letting users join a "do not disturb" registry and allowing them to report unwanted contacts". But, it was initially available for Android on Google Play, as Apple, which is very strict on user privacy refused the entry of the DND app in the iOS App Store, as it deemed the application to be intrusive and it used to ask for access to messages and call details.

Similarly, you can report telemarketing calls from within the Phone app. A report from local sources in China states that Apple earned more than $2 billion Dollars in the last quarter of 2017 through the App Store in the country. In order to install the app, you must have the latest version of iOS 12.1 installed. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has been fighting with the Cupertino-based company over the app for months.

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