Apple has flown over several managers to India in the autumn to dispel a conflict with the country's telecommunications authority. The agency has launched an app that blocks spamming and text messaging, but Apple did not want to know it at all, because the app wants access to Iphone call history.
Now, Reuters reports that Apple seems to have softened a little and will help authority to obtain a version of the app that does not violate Apple App Store rules. Exactly how far the app will go is unknown, but Apple is not likely to have conversation history because it is so privacy-sensitive.
Since iOS 10, iOS already has a developer interface for filtering incoming calls.
The app, called Do Not Disturb, is already on the Google Play Store and has been downloaded over 100,000 times. When installed, it asks for access to text messages and contacts. The user can then report individual numbers as spammers.
A Google spokesperson was keen to give Apple a reminder to Reuters:
– We believe in transparency and the ability of users to make decisions about purchases and downloads without a centralized censorship.