Apple has always disagreed with allowing iPhones to install apps outside the App Store, but the company may soon have to comply with European regulations if it wants to continue doing business in this market.
iOS is famous for being a closed operating system that does not allow users to install applications from parties other than the App Store onto the device, while Google has allowed Android to do so for a long time. Apple believes that uncontrolled software from its application store may contain malicious code or many security errors, so it is best to prevent this to avoid risks.
Another reason why “Apple” does not allow developers to put iOS applications in a third software store is to avoid commissions of up to 30% for each user’s spending on the program or purchase. from the App Store. users Because the App Store is the only place where iOS can download software to their devices, developers have had no choice but to pay the “Apple tax”.
However, according to the Market Act (DMA) of the European Union (EU), mobile device users must be allowed to install applications from software stores provided by third parties.
In early 2023, Bloomberg writer Mark Gurman revealed that Apple will allow the installation of external applications on the iPhone, but only limited to 27 markets that are members of the EU. Setting limits is intended to minimize the risk of spreading malware, and at the same time provide the company with actual data about the ability to open installation rights outside the App Store in other markets before deciding.
latest discovery In 9to5Mac 17.2 programming code, the iOS shows the possibility that the iPhone will open the right to install external applications on the device, so developers can create their software store. In addition, information about market limits was also found – which proves that Apple is forced to comply with the DMA.
The latest time to meet the requirements of the DMA is March 2024, but observers believe that CEO Tim Cook and his team will find every way to prevent having to comply with the DMA to “open up” iOS, including within the EU.