Earlier in the month, Telegraph reported that major European telecoms are pressuring Apple to create a tool that would help users switch from iOS to Android and an industry insider claimed that Apple privately agreed to develop the tool. Shortly after the report went viral, Apple spoke to BuzzFeed News to totally deny the report.
“There is no truth to this rumor. We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great,”
said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller.
The Telegraph’s report hinted that telecoms think that the reason a small fraction of iPhone users switch to Android is because of the problems they have in switching over their phone data. The situation puts the telecoms at a disadvantage when negotiating with Apple, since it can dictate whatever it wants the pricing of its phones to be, the report claimed. Whether telecoms do feel that way or not, Apple says it will absolutely not make an iOS to Android switching tool.
In fact, last year Apple launched its first Android app called Move To iOS, which is a data transfer tool for Android users who want to switch to the iPhone. What was most fascinating about the app was the fact that Apple didn’t develop it and instead, repackaged an app that was already available in the Google Play Store.
It seems that those are the only two apps Apple currently has in mind for Android users, now that rumors of an Apple-made iOS to Android migration tool have been squashed.