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Indian regulator, Apple reconcile after dispute over app

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and Apple Inc. have agreed to settle their differences over the iPhone maker's unwillingness to support the watchdog's do-not-disturb app on its devices, The Economic Times (India) reported Aug. 8.

The reconciliation reportedly came after Apple said it will include around 75% of the features of TRAI's do-not-disturb app in its iOS 12, the new operating system to be launched in September.

Similar to the regulator's do-not-disturb app, the operating system iOS 12 will allow subscribers to flag unwanted calls and messages, the report said.

TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said: "Consumers of mobiles and smartphones should be able to complain about unsolicited commercial communications. It is not necessary that TRAI's DND app is allowed- any operating system can develop their own application."

Apple, however, will stick to its privacy policy and not allow access to call logs and messages of users.

Earlier, Apple had considered taking legal action against TRAI after a ruling to block handsets that do not allow the regulator's do-not-disturb app, or similar apps, to be downloaded. The U.S.-based smartphone maker said the regulator cannot compel telcos to take action on subjects that are not within its sphere of influence, such as barring handsets from their network.