Apple and its ties with Indian government could potentially hit a road block as the company has refused to list an anti-spam call app on the App Store. The anti-spam call app has been developed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). So far, TRAI has only got refusals from Apple which has reportedly raised eyebrows for the Cupertino-based giant. Also Read - Apple beats Xiaomi to regain second position in global smartphone market, Samsung remains at topAlso Read - Apple Music could soon release on the PlayStation 5: Report
The company is currently discussing terms with the government to setup Apple retail stores, tax exemptions on local manufacturers and it also is seeking permission to sell used iPhones. India with around 1.3 billion population is certainly Apple’s focus as in a rapidly growing smartphone market the company has observed its sales flattening in the U.S. and China. But with a patchy situation right now, it could potentially cause more harm than good. ALSO READ: iPhone X: Apple s 10th anniversary edition smartphone may not be called the iPhone 8: Report
The regulatory body has reportedly had several meetings with the iPhone maker but Apple continues to standoff. The problem of who controls user data is getting acute and we have to plug the loose ends, Sharma told Bloomberg. The company has not yet made any official comment on TRAI’s remarks.