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

November 22, 2019


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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