December 3rd, 2019- Unverified Apple source responds
Noted first via MacRumors, an unverified Apple source reportedly told this Russian news site that Apple is considering:
Coming into force in July 2020, Russia has passed a law banning the sales of any devices that do not come pre-loaded software.
Reported by BBC, the law still allows devices to be sold with their intended software, however, they must have Russian made software loaded on top of it. It is unclear whether Apple devices will be affected as after the bill was passed, the government still needs to determine the full list of devices affected.
One of the co-authors of the bill said, “When we buy complex electronic devices, they already have individual applications, mostly Western ones, pre-installed on them. Naturally, when a person sees them… they might think that there are no domestic alternatives available. And if alongside pre-installed applications, we will also offer the Russian ones to users, then they will have a right to choose.”
Tech firms and companies have already voiced concerned for possible surveillance of its users, some have already reportedly considered pulling out of the Russian market entirely.