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Apple to now allow third party apps

Apple plans to make significant updates to iOS and other services to bring them up to EU standards specified in the Digital Markets and Services Act. As a result apple may end up allowing third party apps on its iOS platform.

Apple will reportedly restructure its platform to “open up critical parts,” enabling iPhone and iPad users to download software from third party app stores and websites, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg.

The modifications are anticipated to only affect the 27 member nations of the European Union, which would open the door for a prospective expansion of the services to other regions.

Plans for the revisions will likely debut with iOS 17 in 2023 as businesses have until 2024 to fully comply with the Digital Markets Act. The implementation also includes expanding access to the NFC chip, camera, Find My Network, and AirTag as well as giving iPhones and iPads new web surfing engines.

Gurman pointed out that Apple plans to charge developers even if they decide not to make their programmes available through the App Store.


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The Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act both seek to strengthen privacy protection, promote fair competition, and get rid of some obtrusive targeted advertising. Apple’s initiatives primarily fall under the first act, which is designed to increase interoperability with less major competitive services.

Let’s assume Cupertino decides not to abide by the rule when it comes into force on January 1, 2024. In that case, regulators may impose fines of up to 20% for persistent violations, which is equal to 10% of the total global turnover.

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