And it will come as a shock to absolutely no one that Apple has promptly shot down this rumor.
File this one under “We’ll believe it when we see it,” but The Telegraph is reporting that they have information from a “senior industry source” indicating that Apple has acquiesced to pressure from European telecoms and is working on a tool to facilitate transferring data from iOS to Android, akin to the ever popular Move to iOS app that they released last fall.
At the heart of the matter are complaints from the European telecoms operators that Apple is deliberately creating lock-in for customers by making the transfer of data away from the iOS platform too difficult for most users to undertake. Whether you agree with that strategy or not, it’s clear that this is exactly what Apple intends, and the statistics regarding retention and switching to iOS have been repeatedly highlighted by Apple at its events.
This would be an amazing reversal from the Apple of a few years ago if they actually release such a product, regardless of the motivation, but I wouldn’t recommend holding your breath. I simply don’t find it credible that the European telecoms have sufficient sway over Apple to force its hand.