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Apple might allow third-party app stores and sideloading on the iPhone

By Cookie Monster - on 15 Dec 2022, 2:00am

Apple might allow third-party app stores and sideloading on the iPhone

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Apple might have to abandon its walled garden strategy by 2024.

Bloomberg claims the European Union (EU)'s newly enacted Digital Markets Act (DMA) might force Apple to allow third-party app stores and sideloading on iOS. The DMA is meant to enact "rules for digital gatekeepers to ensure open markets", and tech companies have to comply by 6 March, 2024.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is said to be considering "mandating certain security requirements" to verify outside apps, and could potentially charge a fee. As for installing third-party payment system in apps, Apple reportedly had not decided whether to allow developers to do so. 

Apple has a strict process of vetting and approving apps for the App Store, and believes it is in the best interests of the users and security of the platform. However, developers have been criticising the process as inconsistent and tedious. If sideloading apps is allowed, developers can potentially reach more customers outside of the App Store.

This also applies for thee Apple's in-house payment processing service, which Apple enjoys a 30% cut of almost all in-app purchases. If the installation of third-party payment systems is allowed for developers, they can avoid the Apple tax and get more revenue. 

Meanwhile, Apple confirmed it will switch to USB-C on the iPhone as it is complying with EU rules of standardising ports.

Source: Bloomberg via The Verge

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