The creator of one of the most popular messengers, Pavel Durov, once again criticized the “apple” company. This time, he accuses Apple of limiting the web app experience on its smartphones and tablets, preventing users from enjoying the same experience as available on PCs or Android devices.
“We believe that Apple may be intentionally limiting the capabilities of web applications in order to force users to download more native applications, from which Apple may charge a commission of 30%,” Durov wrote on his personal blog .
The main claim against Apple is that the company prohibits alternative web engines on mobile devices in addition to its own, used in the proprietary Safari browser. Durov mentioned that back in April, Telegram developers complained about the numerous problems and limitations they face when working with Safari on iPhone and iPad. In particular, notifications, video stickers, Opus audio files, not to mention accidental page reloads, visual artifacts, and so on, are not available to web applications on iOS and iPadOS.
The head of Telegram noted that the UK Competition and Markets Authority has already drawn attention to Apple’s actions. The agency said in a statement about concerns about such a monopoly, restrictions on competing browsers and, as a result, a lack of incentive for Apple to improve its own web engine.