New Delhi: In response to European Union norms, Apple Inc. is preparing to allow side-loading and alternative software stores on iOS. According to a Bloomberg report Wednesday, the Software Development and Services division is making significant efforts to open up key components of Apple’s platforms. Eventually, with the modifications, customers would be able to download third-party software directly to their iPhones and iPads, bypassing Apple’s limits and the 30 percent commission it charges on in-app purchases.
This promotion is in response to EU regulations designed to level the playing field for third-party developers and improve consumers’ digital lives. The report continued, quoting people who asked not to be named because the work is confidential: “Apple’s efforts could set the stage for other regions as similar laws are implemented in more countries.” (Also read: Smartphones ruining COUPLES’ lives! THIS poll makes a shocking and BIG revelation; details here)
According to the report, the company’s adjustments will initially only apply in Europe. Apple must comply with EU regulation, which requires tech companies to have a market valuation of at least $80 billion and at least 45 million monthly users within the EU.
The EU has enacted laws that allow third-party apps to be installed and make it easier for users to override default settings. Legal regulations require that messaging services cooperate and that third parties have equal access to key functions in apps and services. The reform proposals of the EU must be implemented by the end of 2024.
In addition, Apple is trying to make more of its proprietary application programming interfaces, or APIs, available to third-party applications. These underlying frameworks allow apps and features to communicate with Apple’s hardware and basic system operations, the paper continues.
Currently, WebKit, Apple’s Safari browsing engine, must be used by third-party web browsers such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google Chrome. Apple is considering dropping this requirement as part of its strategy to comply with the new regulation.
These changes would be included in legislation requiring Apple to use the USB-C style charging connection.