Apple purges over 700 apps from the App Store in China

Apple removes over 700 apps from Chinese App Store

TRAI's Do-Not-Disturb app makes quiet entry into Apple store

The Indian telecom regulator and the iPhone maker were stuck in a disagreement for over two years for the DND app.

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. However, with the app being approved and available in the App Store, it remains unknown if Apple actually made sure this particular requirement was reached, or if it simply ignored that initial demand in an effort to avoid the looming iPhone ban. Apple resisted on privacy concerns but said it would cooperate on a version of the app that wouldn't share a user's call logs with government authorities. Earlier, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had requested Apple to include the Trai DND - Do Not Disturb app in App store.

With the release of the TRAI DND app on iPhone well before the January deadline, that threat of deactivation seems to have been staved off.

However, this July, TRAI categorically asked access providers to ensure "within six months' time, that all smartphones registered on its network support the permissions required for the functioning of such Apps".

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The app now lets customers register their number for do-not-disturb (DND) service to avoid getting calls from telemarketers. But, it was initially available for Android on Google Play, as Apple, which is very strict on user privacy refused the entry of the DND app in the iOS App Store, as it deemed the application to be intrusive and it used to ask for access to messages and call details.

After installing the TRAI DND app on your iPhone, you will be guided through three-step process to register for or modify your DND preferences, and start reporting offending text messages and calls by giving the app the necessary permission.

Apple pulled apps from the Chinese App Store due to unauthorized updates. Also, the approved app only supports the iPhones running iOS 12.1.

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