Apple and India's telecoms regulator have been at loggerheads for more than a year over privacy concerns, but now it seems a tentative compromise has been reached, with the tech company agreeing to help the Indian government develop an anti-spam app for its iOS platform.
According to documents seen by Reuters, Apple -- keen to continue its expansion in India -- has now relented, albeit marginally. Executives are said to have flown to New Delhi last month and agreed with TRAI that the company would help develop the anti-spam app in question, but with limited capabilities. Some functions -- such as making call logs available within in the app to report calls as spam -- may not be approved on Apple's side, with a spokesman for the company saying Apple had not changed its stance on privacy.
Nonetheless, it's unusual to see a tech titan of this size back down on an issue it's usually prepared to play hardball with, but Apple has ambitious plans for India -- where half a billion smartphones will be sold by 2020 -- and it can't execute them without TRAI onside.
- This article originally appeared on Engadget.