Pavel Durov, founder of instant messaging service Telegram, has accused Apple of “deliberately crippling” web apps on iOS.
As 9To5Mac reports (opens in a new window), Telegram was alleged by Durov in a public channel message (opens in a new window). He believes Apple is doing this on purpose, to “force its users to download more native apps where Apple is able to charge its 30% commission.”
Telegram is offered as an app in the App Store (opens in a new window), but having a public channel without any content restrictions doesn’t go well with Apple’s app review crew. So it should come as no surprise that a web app version of Telegram exists to avoid this kind of scrutiny, but it has been shut down due to limitations imposed by Apple or the time it took to fix it. .
Back in April, a 10-point list (opens in a new window) of problems with the iOS Safari browser was posted by a Telegram web developer. They include problems with text fields, context menus, random reloading, smooth scrolling, blur effects, visual artifacts, no shared workers, missing required methods, and no push notifications. Apple also emphasizes that all browsers on iOS use Apple’s WebKit browser engine, so all iOS browsers suffer from similar limitations/problems.
Durov’s complaint will probably fall on Apple’s deaf ears, but he may not need to listen to the company. In the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regulator concluded on Friday that Apple and Google “have all cards” when it comes to mobile browsers (opens in a new window). The CMA report states that, “We all rely on browsers to access the Internet on our phones … Right now, choice in this space is severely limited and has a real impact – stifling innovation and the Web. reducing competition from apps.”
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The CMA report paints a bleak picture, but it is currently unclear whether any regulatory action will be taken based on the evidence presented by it. Durov expects “regulatory action to take place soon,” and explains, “It is sad that more than ten years after the death of Steve Jobs, a company that once revolutionized the mobile web is at its most important.” changed on the way.”
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