Apple is gearing up to implement significant changes on iOS, devices, and services to comply with EU requirements stated in the Digital Markets and Services Act.
In a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, The Cupertino-based company is set to reimagine its platform to “open up key elements”, this means that iPhone and iPad users can download apps via third-party app stores/websites.
Apple iOS and Third-party apps
The aforementioned significant changes will only be available for the 27 European Union countries and will be the foundation of an eventual expansion of the services to other locations.
Regarding the update for iOS’s arrival, it will likely start with the arrival of iOS 17 next year as companies have been given until 2024 to follow suit on the Digital Markets Act. This also allows deeper access to the NFC chip, the camera, Find My Network, and the AirTag and adds new web browsing engines to iPhones and iPads.
To clarify, Gurman stated that Apple is still planning to charge developers, even if they don’t distribute their apps via the App Store.
If Apple does not comply with what the EU law says when it is implemented on January 1, 2024. Regulators will demand a fine of 10% of their total worldwide turnover and 20% for repeat offenses.
As a quick reminder, The Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act bill intend to promote fair competition and better privacy protection and reduce invasive targeted advertising.