Russian iOS users will now be offered a selection of local Russian apps when setting up a new device, thanks to legislation that passed in the country in 2019, and which took effect on April 1.
Some of the apps approved on the list include Yandex, Mail.ru Group, Kaspersky, Rostelecom, and Channel 1.
The law requires companies to present a list of government-approved apps on devices sold inside of the country. Beginning on Thursday this week, the law applies to all new devices sold and set up in Russia. That includes iPhones and other products.
While the law mandates that Russian apps come preinstalled on devices, Apple was reportedly able to work out a compromise with the Russian government. Under the terms of the compromise, iPhone and iPad devices activate from April 1 onward will present a setup screen that lists a selection of Russia-based apps, from which users can select an app if they wish to install it.
Apple says every Russian-developed app will be checked for compliance with the Cupertino firm’s privacy, security, and content policies.