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Telegram’s Founder Calls Out Apple For Limiting Web Developers By Purposefully Restricting App Features Across iOS

Telegram and Apple don’t have the best of relationships and this new recent development is more proof of just that.

The messaging company’s founder was again seen blasting the tech giant for intentionally restricting web developers from performing to their best potential.

The news comes as Pavel Durov accused Apple of restricting certain web features across iOS with the intention of being nothing but malicious.

Durov says Apple wants to put a limit on what creative web developers can do on iOS and that in turn negatively affects the way the app can function across webpages.

But it’s quite interesting to see these reports come out because Telegram is present for download on the App Store. However, the company says its web version is being forced to deal with great difficulties for iOS users.

Previously, we saw the founder bash Apple again because the tech firm’s review policies were very stringent and that meant trouble for an app like Telegram whose public channels have little to no restrictions.

Therefore, the app thought it would be a good idea to bypass such restrictions by offering users a complete web version of the app. This comprises all similar features that users may find across the app’s smartphone version, other than the limited iOS features, of course.

Now the problem continues because the founder of Telegram says that so many developers are now complaining about the Safari browser and how it is literally killing the internet, thanks to all of its stringent restrictions.

Durov took this as an opportunity to shed light on a recent article that was publicized by one of his own web developers that enlisted the top ten problems that they tend to face regarding iOS systems.

This includes the absence of any push alerts, high rates of refreshing browsers, visual artifacts, and also VPN codecs.

But what benefits, if any, does or would Apple gain from all of this? Well, according to Durov, it’s related to the tech giant crippling different web-based applications to such a degree that they end up being left with no choice but to download mobile versions from Apple’s App Store.

To put it simply, it’s so Apple can play monopoly and collect more money in the form of commissions from the respective web developers involved.

Remember, Apple does not allow developers to make use of a web engine of their preference. Therefore, it limits them to make use of the company’s WebKit, if they wish to use the web. And there is plenty of evidence that it in turn also provides limitations of what a web app can do when compared to other native ones.

Around 7 days back, we saw the UK’s government complete their long study on Apple’s WebKit and how it restricts rival browsers from creating their own identity and progressing, thanks to the firm’s Safari browser.

Therefore, that’s one reason why we don’t find this behavior of Apple too shocking or hard to believe.


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