Apple’s power over the App Store and the apps it hosts is limitless. No, this is not just a big word, but a real fact that eventually becomes obvious to everyone who starts using iOS. Cupertino has established a strict framework within which developers can act, forcing them to release their applications according to pre-cast templates. It’s not that it especially hinders the creativity of the developers, but for some people it really limits, and, moreover, very much. For example, Telegram.
Telegram could have been completely different from what we know it now, if not for the framework that Apple sets for it. Despite the fact that the audience of the messenger is growing by leaps and bounds largely due to the fact that its capabilities are not limited to messaging only, Pavel Durov and his team would like much more.
Blocked Telegram features
Apple very strongly restricts the distribution of pirated content via Telegram. For Pavel Durov, who adheres to libertarian views, piracy is the norm, but in Cupertino it requires the developers of the messenger to block channels and groups with books, films, music and other objects of copyright.
Pavel Durov has long said that the developers intend to implement a built-in game service in Telegram. Incidentally, Facebook wanted to do the same, but Apple refused both. Cupertino explained this by the rules that oblige developers to place all games from their applications in the App Store. As a result, everything that appeared in Telegram is a bot @gamee, which opens access to the simplest casual games that are not of interest to the vast majority of users.
Apple has been checking for updates for too long. Sometimes it can take her from several days to several weeks. For this reason, by the way, the appearance of video calls in Telegram has been delayed. As Pavel Durov explained, he planned to launch video calls on the 7th anniversary of the messenger, but Apple’s censors worked too long and did not have time to check the update in time.
Apple has blocked the latest Telegram update, obliging developers to block all channels and groups through which the personal data of the Russian security forces was disseminated. I will not presume to judge whether this is good or bad, but the very fact that there is censorship in the App Store, and Apple is free to force developers to take advantageous actions by any means, is undeniable.
The 30% commission that Apple charges developers with over $ 1 million in annual revenue is also holding back Telegram’s development. The messenger’s management does not specify what exactly this is manifested in, but, obviously, we are talking about paid functions that could appear in Telegram, but are being postponed all the time. According to rumors, these could be paid stickers, additional features for groups, channels and bots, etc.
App Store restrictions
I’ve heard many times that Apple’s restrictions are important to security. In fact, everything is so. Another thing is that the effect of some restrictions goes far beyond protection. Here is just the tip of the iceberg of what we lose because of them:
- Paid features of apps whose developers refuse them due to high fees;
- Services with games, access to which would be opened through the cloud;
- Alternative contactless payment services to compete with Apple Pay;
- Applications with file system access to customize the interface and functionality;
- Alternative app stores that could host all of the above.
Probably someone will say that with such requirements there is a direct road to iOS. But the whole point is that the appearance of all the above features would only benefit us. After all, competition, as practice shows, has not harmed anyone yet, and alternative app stores, payment services and other aspects of a client-oriented operating system would lead users to realize that they are Apple customers, and not a product on which the company makes money itself and hinders others. …
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