Apple Inc. is making a change to its mobile operating system that will restrict a feature that apps like Facebook Inc’s Messenger and WhatsApp use to make voice calls over the internet.
Both Apple and Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple’s move will force the social media giant to redesign its messaging apps, the report said, citing two people familiar with matter, adding that it may have a heavy impact on WhatsApp, which has been using the internet calling feature in a variety of ways, including for implementing the app’s end-to-end encryption. At WWDC, Apple also shared that it would be tightening rules around enterprise certificates on its devices, after a report earlier this year found that Facebook was using the certificates to distribute VPN software that was siphoning user data in exchange for monthly rewards, which is a violation of Apple’s developer terms.
The Information reports that developers have until April 2020 to update any apps making use of the VoIP API to take into account Apple’s new restrictions.