The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of Russia and Apple Corporation have indeed found a way to comply with the requirements of the law on the mandatory pre-installation of Russian applications on gadgets, Anton Gorelkin, a State Duma deputy, member of the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, confirmed to Interfax.
He noted that the conclusion of such agreements with government agencies is still unique for Apple.
“Although the Russian segment is not the largest quantitatively and financially for Apple, it is promising, a loyal audience has developed here, so the company is meeting halfway. Certainly, this will be a great support for Russian developers,” the deputy said.
On March 16, Vedomosti reported that Apple and the Ministry of Taxes agreed on the nuances of compliance with the requirements of the law on the pre-installation of Russian software on smartphones, tablets, computers and smart TVs. According to the publication, from April 1, Apple devices, when activated in Russia, will show the user a dialog box in which he will be prompted to install applications from the list approved by the government by default.
As a source told Vedomosti, it will be possible to refuse the installation by unchecking the boxes in front of certain applications. The agreement was confirmed to the publication by Apple.
The list of software that should be preinstalled on imported equipment includes services from Yandex, Mail.ru, antiviruses from Kaspersky Lab, the social service Gosuslugi, and the Mir payment system.