Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Apple Approves India’s Do Not Disturb App and Avoids iPhone Ban

Apple Approves India’s Do Not Disturb App and Avoids iPhone Ban

Apple has removed hundreds of iPhone apps from its App Store in China, in the company's latest crackdown in one of its biggest markets.

The app, backed by India's telecom regulator TRAI, helps consumers manage unwanted calls and text messages. So back in July, the agency told the wireless operators in India that if Apple didn't allow the DND app to be listed in the country's App Store within six months, it would ban the iPhone from the networks belonging to all Indian carriers.

The telecom regulator had been waiting for Apple to implement an anti-spam feature within iOS, but without it, India was left little room to work with.

Users can also report spam numbers and messages through the app. "Provided that where such devices do not permit functioning of such Apps as prescribed in regulations 6 (2)(e) and regulations 23 (2)(d), Access Providers shall, on the order or direction of the Authority, derecognize such devices from their telecom networks".

But, now the company has finally allowed the TRAI DND-Do Not Disturb app. The problem, according to sources within Apple, was that the TRAI-DND app was deemed a privacy risk.

The TRAI DND app is already available on Google Play store. It sought access to a user's SMS and call logs and on this subject, Apple was very touchy because it believed that third-parties should not access such details.

AdvertisementThe version of TRAI DND - Do Not Disturb just approved appears to deal with Apple's concerns. It is important to note that to download the application, the iPhone and the iPad users will need to upgrade their device to iOS 12.1 or later software version.

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