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Telegram founder calls out Apple for limiting web developers by deliberately restricting app functionality on iOS / Digital Information World

Telegram and Apple don’t have the best relationship and this recent new development is further proof of that.

The messaging company founder was once again seen slamming the tech giant for intentionally preventing web developers from performing to their best potential.

The news comes as Pavel Durov accuses Apple of restricting certain web features on iOS with intent to be malicious.

Durov says Apple wants to limit what creative web developers can do on iOS, and that negatively affects how the app can perform on web pages.

But it’s quite interesting to see these reports coming out because Telegram is present for download on the App Store. However, the company claims that its web version is forced to face great difficulties for iOS users.

Previously, we’ve seen the founder hit Apple again because the tech company’s review policies were very strict and that meant trouble for an app like Telegram whose public channels have little or no restrictions.

Therefore, the app thought it would be a good idea to circumvent these restrictions by giving users a full web-based version of the app. This includes all similar features that users can find in the smartphone version of the app, except for the limited iOS features, of course.

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

Durov took the opportunity to shed some light on a recent article published by one of his own web developers who listed the top ten issues they tend to face regarding iOS systems.

This includes lack of push alerts, high browser refresh rates, visual artifacts and also VPN codecs.

But what benefits, if any, does Apple derive or would derive from all of this? Well, according to Durov, it has to do with the tech giant crippling different web apps to such an extent that they end up having no choice but to download mobile versions from the app. Apple store.

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

Remember that Apple does not allow developers to use a web engine of their choice. Therefore, it limits them to using the company’s WebKit, if they want to use the web. And there’s plenty of evidence that it also provides limits on what a web app can do compared to other native apps.

About 7 days ago we saw the UK government complete its long study into Apple’s WebKit and how it prevents competing browsers from creating their own identity and progressing, thanks to the company’s Safari browser .

So that’s one of the reasons why we don’t find this behavior from Apple too shocking or hard to believe.

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