Apple was forced to give Russian iPhone users local apps when set up thanks to the new law

   Shortcuts to install Yandex Browser and Mail.ru email client are now available in the application

   IPhones purchased in Russia now display a list of Russian-made apps at launch, thanks to the new law that comes into effect today, MacRumors reported. Reminders are part of the standard iPhone setup process, which appears after the user has selected other options like enabling Location Services or App Analysis.


   "In compliance with Russian legal requirements, keep looking at the apps available for download," read the dry text, before displaying a short list of dozens of apps. They include a lot of different Yandex apps, an email client from Mail.ru, a video streaming service called OK Live and popular Russian social network VK. A "Receive" icon appears next to each application, providing the user with a shortcut to install them.The reminder came in response to a Russian law originally passed in 2019 that required manufacturers to pre-install Russian-made software on devices sold in the country. It includes smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, laptops and desktops. The law is part of Moscow's broader effort to reduce its dependence on foreign companies and gain more control of the internet, according to Reuters.
   Last month, Apple agreed to comply with the law by giving users the option to install Russian-made apps on launch. It's a notable concession from the company, which often maintains tight control over the process of setting up its devices. However, Apple was ready to make changes in its apparent efforts to comply with local Russian laws in the past, including changing the map to show Crimea as Russian territory and removing the face Proud watches of homosexuals.Reuters notes that the major beneficiaries of the new law appear to be Yandex and Mail.ru. But in a statement last month, a Russian official said alternative apps would be included if they demonstrate popularity with users.