Russia wants to ban iPhone sales

The situation in the global mobile market is starting to be unstable. This time the situation was shaky Apple

iPhone in Russia, where in the pastDuring the week, the lower house of the Russian parliament passed a new law that prohibits the sale of certain devices on which Russian software is not preinstalled.

The fate of the iPhone in Russia

According to BBC, the law will enter into force in year (2020). Before this happens, the Russian government will announce a list of vulnerable gadgets and specific software that must be installed on these devices. Naturally, this means that some smartphones, including the Apple iPhone, may be banned from sale in the country next summer.

Now most smartphones havepreinstalled applications. Oleg Nikolaev, one of the co-authors of the legislation, explained that many Russians do not know that there are internal alternatives to applications that are pre-loaded on phones imported into the country. Nikolaev said: “When we buy complex electronic devices, they already have separate applications, mainly Western ones, pre-installed on them. Naturally, when a person sees them ... he might think that there are no internal alternatives. And if, along with pre-installed applications, we will also offer their Russian alternatives to users, then they will have the right to choose. ”

The new Russian law did not receive universalapproval in Russia. Many are concerned that the software will be used to spy on consumers. And the Association of Trading Companies and Manufacturers of Household Appliances and Computer Equipment (RATEK) said that it might not be possible to preload the software developed in Russia on all devices. For example, on the same iPhone. As a result, some global manufacturers may be forced to leave the Russian market. Given that Apple’s iOS mobile operating system is closed, it is unlikely that the iPhone will be offered with previously downloaded unknown Russian software.

Statcounter data shows that aslast month, Samsung had the largest smartphone market share in Russia - 22.04%. In second place is Huawei - 15.99%, followed by Apple. The share of iPhone on the Russian market in October amounted to 15.83%. So far this is all the news ...