Back in 2020, Apple made a major adjustment to its packaging to the iPhone. According to the company, due to environmental protection, it will no longer include chargers and other accessories in the box. This practice started with the iPhone 12 series and continued with the iPhone 13 series. However, in France, the situation has been different. Since 2020, iPhones in France have been coming with a charger in the box. Not only the charger, iPhones in France also comes with a pair of wired headphones. The reason for this is that local regulations stipulate that smartphones in the market must provide hands-free accessories (headphones, etc.) to reduce the radiation exposure of users.
However, the latest report out of France shows that French operators have notified users that starting from January 24, all iPhones sold locally by Apple will no longer have headphones. Apple is not disobeying French law. The new regulation passed at the end of 2021 states that in order to protect the environment, smartphones are no longer required to come standard with hands-free accessories.
Antitrust bill will increase security risks for iPhone users – Apple warns
Apple has been under scrutiny by regulators over the past few years for its control of the App Store. Since the iPhone can only install applications through the App Store, it is considered a monopoly by the outside world. Apple warned in a letter to lawmakers this week that an antitrust bill under consideration in the Senate would increase the risk of iPhone users facing security breaches. This is because it could force the company to allow the downloading of applications from external sources.
Apple’s senior director of government affairs, Timothy Powderly, said in the letter that the bills put consumers at risk because of the real risks of privacy and security breaches. If Apple enables sideloading of apps, millions of iPhones will be susceptible to malware attacks.
In Apple’s view, its control of the App Store is critical to providing a safe experience for customers. Without this control, users may install malware that affects their daily use and even causes property damage.
According to reports, some U.S. senators have previously submitted two proposals. We have the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and the Open App Market Act. The former requires mainstream application platforms not to favor their products and restrict competitors. These rules seek to reduce the power of large technology companies.
Once these antitrust bills pull through, they will have a considerable impact on large technology companies.