IN A NOT-SO-SURPRISING MOVE, Apple has denied reports that it's making an app to help customers ditch iOS in favour of Android.
A report out of The Telegraph this week claimed that, following the released of a Move to iOS app for Android, Apple was working on an app that would make it easier for people to transfer data, such as contacts, music and pictures, from the iPhone to an Android device.
The newspaper claimed that the move came amid concerns from telecoms firms that only a small number of customers ever move away from the iPhone in part because of the technical hassle of transferring data.
According to its sources, the lack of easy switching has caused operators to worry that their part in commercial negotiations with Apple has been weakened, the report noted, given their dependence on Apple for most of their profits.
Apple has been quick to debunk the rumours, dismissing that a Move to Android app is in the works.
"There is no truth to this rumour," Apple's Trudy Muller told BuzzFeed. "We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great."
This denial will unlikely come as a surprise to many, especially when you consider that Apple's locked-down approach wouldn't let such an app from Google pass into the iOS App Store.
Still, while Apple has dismissed rumours that it will make it easier for iPhone users to switch to Android, it's still unclear whether European telecoms firms have voiced their concerns about the current difficulties that users face in attempting to do so.
This wouldn't be the first time such concerns have been raised in Europe, either. European regulators reportedly turned their attention to Apple and its "anticompetitive" iPhone contracts in 2013 following complaints from carriers about the company's strict deals.
Operators had complained that the terms they must accept to sell iPhones are "unusually strict", making it difficult for other handset makers to compete, according to reports.
Sources briefed on the reported investigation said that these strict terms included Apple allegedly setting a quota for how many iPhones a carrier needs to sell over a set period of time. If this quota isn't met, carriers must reportedly pay Apple for the unsold devices. µ
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