Apple's iPhone addiction tools are like casinos warning about gambling, says app maker

Apple will introduce new tools to combat smartphone addiction in its next mobile software update — but one app maker likened this to casinos issuing warnings about gambling addiction.

Andrew Dunn is the CEO of digital wellness app Siempo, which is available on Android but not on iPhone.

He has been petitioning Apple to open up its operating system to apps like his. His collective includes 20 app developers and thinkers in the space, such as the popular Buddhify meditation app, the makers of the Light Phone, and science writer Catherine Price, author of "How to Break Up with Your Phone."

"Most features Apple announced are a carbon copy of products other developers already offer," Dunn told Business Insider. "[Apple] Digital Health amounts to what the gambling industry has done to acknowledge and address gambling addiction: Display pamphlets around casinos and suggest that problem gamers opt-in to a self-exclusion list."

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