Apple Criticised by Telegram Founder for Limiting Web App Features on iOS

Apple may be intentionally crippling its web apps to force its users to download more native apps.


Telegram is one of the most popular messaging apps globally rivalling the likes of WhatsApp, Meta Messenger, WeChat, and more. Telegram is widely popular among youths as it offers a bunch of features like no other apps. For instance, the app offers up to 200,000 members in a group and there are other features like large file sharing, multiple profile pictures, and channels.

Telegram as a platform is available for users on Android, iOS, and the Web. Telegram Web provides a seamless experience on the desktop and laptops. In a recent message on his channel, Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov has criticized Apple for limiting what web developers can do. The message was shared via “Dhrov’s Chanel”, which currently has over 665K subscribers.

Telegram Founder Not Happy with Apple

In the message shared by Dhrov, he said while Telegram provides an extraordinary experience on desktops and mobile devices, It is prevented from reaching native-app-level quality on iOS because Apple limits web developers in terms of what they can do on iPhones and iPads. Back in April, Telegram’s Web developer team shared a 10-point list of issues in the iOS Safari browser that Apple has been unwilling to fix or improve for years. He also added that other devs have even complained that Apple’s Safari is killing the web.

Dhrov says Apple may be intentionally crippling its web apps to force its users to download more native apps where Apple is able to charge its 30% commission. Fortunately, regulators have started to realise what is going on.Telegram Messenger

This week, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a UK regulator, concluded: “Apple bans alternatives to its own browser engine on its mobile devices; a restriction that is unique to Apple. The CMA is concerned this severely limits the potential for rival browsers to differentiate themselves from Safari and limits Apple’s incentives to invest in its browser engine. This restriction also seriously inhibits the capability of web apps – apps that run on a browser rather than having to be individually downloaded – depriving consumers and businesses of the full benefits of this innovative technology.”

Although the decision is yet to be finalized, the UK government is considering launching another antitrust investigation against Apple.