Applications that “Apple” smartphones Crimea and main cities of the Peninsula were again Ukrainian. On the geopolitical inaccuracy drew the deputies of the state Duma. Earlier from the Apple “Weather” gone all the cities of the Crimea. Officials strongly encourages American corporations to fix the problem and not to violate the principles of the Russian legislation. Why iPhone ignores one of the subjects of the Russian Federation, understood the “360”.
Russian deputies drew attention to the incorrect display of borders of the Russian Federation in February this year. Then MPs have noticed that the navigation apps on iPhone cities of Crimea, particularly Sevastopol, was on the territory of Ukraine. Preinstalled Maps app, on the gadget, the Peninsula was listed as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. So it was called when it was part of Ukraine.
The deputies asked for comments from Apple on this issue, but an American Corporation left a problem without a solution. Do not get a clear answer, the officials called the head of the Russian branch of the company at the meeting held on Thursday, April 4. As told in an interview with the “360” head of the state Duma Committee on security and combating corruption Vasily Piskarev, who took part in the discussion, the parties managed to agree about correcting mistakes. “We have reached agreement on the elimination of all defects until April 25. Compliance with the Russian legislation is obligatory for all companies that operate in our territory. Exceptions can not be. We will carefully monitor this,” — said the interlocutor of “360,” noting that otherwise, the Corporation is waiting for the sanctions restrictions.
However, the “Apple” of the company and so expressed his willingness to cooperate, he added. The head of the Russian representative office of LLC “Apple Rus” Apple Vitaly Moroz’ko assured officials that the company proactively turned to Apple Inc. with a request to modify the software products, as the Russian branch is not directly responsible for the operation of the applications.
“Apple” Corporation not for the first time makes mistakes in their applications when it comes to Crimea. So, in March of the current year from the Weather icon on iPhone lost cities of the Crimea. The week before lag settlements of the Peninsula has suddenly acquired the status of Ukrainian cities. Initially the Corporation did not want to take into account user complaints. The matter had become clear when the issue drew the attention of the deputies of the state Duma. Some time later, the app reappeared information on the weather in Yalta, Simferopol and other cities and settlements of Crimea.
“It is clear that the American Corporation traces its geopolitical line, not wanting to recognize the existing realities. However, we are actively fighting against this misinformation. For example, are now preparing the bill who would imagine a punishment for wrong marking on the maps of the country, including on the Crimean Peninsula,” — said in an interview with “360” member of the Federation Council Committee for international Affairs, MP from the Crimea Sergey Tsekov.
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The correspondent of “360” checked the Maps app on iOS 11. In Pathfinder, the Crimea is indeed marked as part of Ukraine. Sevastopol and Simferopol, the app also does not identificeret as Russia. The updated version of the app on certain iPhone the Peninsula admits the Russian. Of the four “Apple” gadgets in the last firmware revision in only one recognizes the annexation of Crimea.
As told to “360” the experts mobile app this trend is observed due to the fact that Apple could just not notice the lag in the app. According to IT experts, the founder of the app ParkApp Eugene Lieberman, built-in maps on the iPhone with the exception of the USA where little work without errors. “The Corporation is developing detailed maps only for the US and Western Europe. All countries East of Poland are often beyond the competence of American developers due to low demand for their cards. For example, in Russia the market is controlled by “Yandex. Cards”, which have very accurate details of the routes”, — said the interlocutor of “360”.
At the same time to amend the application does not take more than an hour for experienced developers, the expert adds. “To correct the errors need 15 to 30 minutes. Also they should roll out the update to the server for users. All it requires neither much time nor any financial costs”, — explains Eugene Lieberman.
Meanwhile, the actions of the American Corporation is unlikely to have malicious intent, according to the Chairman of the Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications of the state Duma Leonid Levin, who was also present at the last meeting in February. The fact that the Corporation uses map information from third-party suppliers. And they usually don’t pay enough attention to the events of 2014, after the referendum, when Crimea reunited with Russia.
“Mapping information is quite complex arrays of data. To change the display of country ownership of all objects on the territory of Crimea is necessary to make changes in a large number of addresses of relevant databases,” — said the interlocutor of “360”. According to forecasts of Deputy, the Apple may eliminate defects in the system for two weeks and meet the deadline until April 25.
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