Just when you think that you know all the features introduced in the iOS 12, my friend you surely don’t. Previously it was a little tedious to report a fraudulent call or spam on iOS. However, Apple has introduced the feature to report calls and messages as spam with iOS 12.
Apple has updated their OS to natively support SMS and call spam reporting, clearing the way for TRAI to release its DND app to report spam for iOS. Users can report calls from their recents list, by swiping left and selecting report, and for SMS messages, users can report these from inside Messages. It’s also possible to select multiple messages, and then report them all.
According to Apple, this feature will allow developers to build app extensions that add an “Unwanted Communication” feature that would can be enabled in the Settings to block the spams.
In order to access it, users would have to swipe left on an item in the “Recents” tab of the Phone app to reveal a new “Report” option. Same can be done in the Message app. Spam messages can be reported by a similar swipe left on the thread or a long-press on the message itself.
However, implementation of this feature largely depends on developers and whether or not they want to take advantage of it. This is not a native built-in feature implemented by Apple, so if developers don’t choose to implement it in their apps, then we guess nothing would have changed.
Well, those are all the politically correct reason behind the implementation of this feature. The real reason is believed to be the Apple’s feud with The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The issue traces back to June of 2016 when TRAI released its DND app on the Google Play Store. A helpful move by TRAI had to face the backlash from the iPhone maker when Apple refused permission for the app on the App Store, citing privacy concerns.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had been demanding this from Apple for some time now, and in October, Apple had agreed to help the regulator to build its Do Not Disturb app, to report spam to TRAI. In April, TRAI chairman RS Sharma said that they were considering legal action against Apple, although it’s unclear precisely what legal standing they had to bring a case against the company.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had been demanding this from Apple for some time now, and in October, Apple had agreed to help the regulator to build its Do Not Disturb app, to report spam to TRAI.
After the breakout of the news about iOs 12, TRAI chairman RS Sharma said, “We will need to verify whether the update enables the functional requirements or not. I have asked our people to find out.” Apple did not return a request for comment over the weekend.
Be it TRAI or Apple trying out new features, seems like the long ongoing feud between the two is sorted once and for all.