June 6, 2023
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Apple is rumored to have bowed to the EU to allow iOS sideloaders to use third-party app stores

Due to the need to meet the relevant requirements of the European Union’s “Digital Market and Services Act”, it is pointed out that Apple plans to make major reforms in iOS and other products and services. According to an article by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will redesign its platform and open up certain key elements, including letting iPhone and iPad users download and install apps through third-party app stores or websites.

The above changes will only be aimed at the 27 member states of the European Union, but at the same time will lay the foundation for the future. If other countries follow up in the future and ask Apple to open the service, Apple will also cooperate as soon as possible. According to reports, the plan to open the iPhone and iPad will be launched with iOS 17 in 2023, while the EU’s “Digital Market and Services Law” will not be officially implemented until 2024. The original intention of this bill is to promote fair competition, provide better privacy protection and remove intrusive targeted advertising. If the company refuses to comply, the maximum penalty is a fine equivalent to 10% of the global profit, and the fine for repeated offenses will increase to 20% global profit.

Others affected include open NFC chips, cameras, Find My Networks, AirTag, and the new iPhone and iPad browser engines. Although program vendors can choose not to list in the App Store, Gurman said Apple has not yet considered whether to charge them for program verification.

Source of information and pictures:gsmarena

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