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."
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.