Apple has announced a significant change to its approach to the app store on iOS devices. With the release of iOS 17.4 software version, the company plans to open the doors to other app stores, but only within the European […]
Apple has announced a significant change to its approach to the app store on iOS devices. With the release of iOS 17.4 software version, the company plans to open the doors to other app stores, but only within the European Union. This decision is a result of the Digital Markets Act imposed on Apple in the EU.
The decision to allow alternative app stores is a big shift for the tech giant based in Cupertino. Apple has maintained a monopoly over app distribution on its devices, limiting users to its own App Store. However, the new regulation forces Apple to provide users with choice.
While Apple will allow the operation of alternative app stores, the company will maintain strict control over all applications. This is reportedly to protect users from potential risks. All applications available through these stores will have to have detailed descriptions of their features displayed before they are downloaded.
In order to ensure the safety of applications, Apple will collaborate closely with developers and app distributors to ensure their accountability and the protection of users. Apple claims that additional security measures will be implemented to prevent the launching of applications containing malicious software.
This change will also allow game streaming through apps such as Nvidia GeForce Now and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Previously, Apple has prohibited access to such services, but the new regulation will now enable users to utilize these services through the App Store.
Planned changes include NFC access on iPhone devices, allowing payment and mobile banking apps to use the “Tap to pay” option. Additionally, there will be enhancements to in-app payment provider options and payment processing services via links.
These updates will certainly impact Apple device users within the European Union, and more information will be available once the changes come into effect in March. It is expected that this new regulation will bring more choice and flexibility to iOS users.