Pavel Durov, the founder of the Telegram application, which gained popularity recently after WhatsApp pushed a controversial policy update, downplayed Apple’s relations with China. He accused the Cupertino-based company of giving the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) “complete control” over the data of its citizens who use iPhones. He said Apple’s “business model” was based on “selling overpriced, outdated hardware to customers locked in their ecosystem.” Durov also added that using your iPhone has made you an “Apple digital slave” as the company allows users to download apps only from its App Store.
Durov even crashed Apple hardware, saying that when to use iPhone to test the iOS Telegram app, “I feel like I’m back in the Middle Ages.” iPhone’s 60Hz displays can’t compete with 120Hz displays on modern Android phones, he added.
The connection between the love and hate of Apple and Telegram goes far back and Durov’s public noise is not the first against the American giant. In a post on July 28 last year, he outlined “7 reasonsWhy every iPhone user should worry about the 30 percent App Store tax for some app developers. Apple later reduced the tax to 15 percent.
The day after Durov’s post, Telegram filed a formal antitrust complaint with the EU, saying Apple should allow users to download software outside the App Store.
In 2018 Apple has removed the Telegram application from the App Store due to concerns about the distribution of child pornography on the platform.