A few weeks after Apple agreed to allow Russia to show suggested apps created by Russian developers to iPhone users in the country, Russian users will see these suggested lists when setting up new devices.
As Khaos Tian pointed out on Twitter, during the startup of the iPhone, Russian users will see an App Store section, which contains apps such as Yandex Browser, Yandex Maps, ICQ, and VK.
“The text of the pop-up window is similar to the “App Store” “Today” view card, which displays “Following Russian legal requirements, you can download some applications from Russian developers. ”
After completing the standard “iPhone” setting procedures (such as setting light/dark mode, turning on “True Tone” and adjusting “Display Zoom”), Russian users will be directed to a list of applications that can be selected for download. Downloading applications is optional, not required, and these applications will not be installed automatically.
According to the Russian website iPhones.ru, the “App Store” recommendations have been implemented on the server side, so Russian users will see them without requiring an iOS update. Users can select the application to install by clicking “Get”, or they can skip the screen without installing anything by clicking “X”.
Apple agreed to display a list of apps to comply with the laws set by the Russian Ministry of Digital Affairs. The law requires software to be pre-installed on all devices sold in Russia (including smartphones, tablets, desktops, and smart TVs).
Apple said on March 16th that it will provide application suggestions from April 1. In addition to the applications listed in the setup process, Apple may also add a section dedicated to promoting Russian applications in the “App Store”.
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