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Apple’s iOS 12 lets users report unwanted calls or messages as spam

This iOS 12 feature could be seen as a compromise on Apple’s part in its battle with TRAI regarding the DND app.

  • Published: June 11, 2018 12:40 PM IST

Post the unveiling at WWDC 2018, Apple’s latest iOS 12 is in the hands of developers. The latest OS brings about big improvements on overall performance, as well as a bunch of new features. One such feature spotted on Apple’s developer page is the ability for users to report spam calls and messages.

“To report SMS messages and calls, the user must enable an Unwanted Communication extension in the Settings app. They can only enable one Unwanted Communication extension at a time,” Apple’s developer page reads.

“In order to report calls, the user swipes left on an item in the Recents list and selects Report. For SMS messages, they press the Report Messages button when it appears in the Messages transcript. Users can also select messages by long-pressing a message and selecting additional messages, then selecting Report Messages,” it further reads.

It’s important to note that this isn’t a native feature on iOS, but something Apple is allowing developers to add to their apps. Extensions basically let developers add to an app’s core functionality. It also lets them extend the app’s functionalities to parts of iOS like call logs where Apple doesn’t usually offer access.

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While an useful feature, this is also seen as a compromise on Apple’s part. The company has been battling Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in relation to the latter’s DND app. Apple has yet to allow TRAI’s DND app on its App Store due to complications with its privacy guidelines. In comparison, TRAI’s DND app for Android was launched back in June 2016.

MediaNama reached out to TRAI chairman RS Sharma who responded saying, “We will need to verify whether the update enables the functional requirements or not. I have asked our people to find out.”

This iOS 12 feature however isn’t restricted to the Indian market, and available to developers around the globe.

  • Published Date: June 11, 2018 12:40 PM IST