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Russia to ban iPhones and all devices not pre-loaded with local apps

November 22, 2019

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Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed legislation that will make it mandatory for devices such as Apple’s iPhone that feature apps to include pre-loaded Russian-made ones. It does not dictate that other apps, such as the manufacturer’s own, cannot be installed. However, phones, computers and televisions without locally-made apps will be banned from sale from July 2020.

According to to BBC News, the details of which devices are involved or what Russian-made software will be required is still to be determined.

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