Back in July this year, Apple got itself in a bit of a trouble with Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI), the country s apex government body for regulating and overseeing telecom services. The bone of contention in this case was TRAI s Do Not Disturb app, which Apple refused to allow on its App Store, citing concerns regarding privacy of user data. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 heading to the stores soon, launch event still rumored on October 13Also Read - Apple iPhone 12 Mini could cost $700, lack 5G connectivity; Here’s everything we know about the compact smartphone
While it was reported a few months back that Apple was developing a DND app of its own in compliance with TRAI s regulations, that didn t happen either. Ultimately, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India threatened to ban iPhones from Indian cellular networks if Apple didn t come to an agreement over the issue. Thankfully, the long-drawn tussle seems to be finally over. Also Read - Apple Watch Series 3 users should wait before updating to watchOS 7; Here's why
Apple finally seems to have approved TRAI s Do Not Disturb app, as it is listed on the App Store, VentureBeat reports. We checked on our end and we can confirm that indeed, the app is available on iOS App Store. Called TRAI DND Do Not Disturb , the app s listing shows it to be compatible with all Apple devices running iOS 12.1 and above. A little over 9.1MB in size, the app (as per the listing details), allows users to register their cellular numbers in the country s Do Not Disturb database, and even report spam SMS/calls after the registration has been done.
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While both Apple and Indian government can now rest easy, the news should come as a big respite for the millions of iPhone users in the country, who have been under the risk of being left with non-functional smartphones for months now.