Apple proclaims sweeping EU App Retailer coverage modifications—together with sideloading

iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max lined up on a table

Enlarge / The iPhone 15 lineup.

To adjust to European Union rules, Apple has launched sweeping modifications that make iOS and Apple’s different working methods extra open. The modifications are far-reaching and contact many components of the person expertise on the iPhone. They’re going to be coming as a part of iOS 17.four in March.

Apple will introduce “new APIs and instruments that allow builders to supply their iOS apps for obtain from different app marketplaces,” in addition to a brand new framework and set of APIs that enable third events to arrange and handle these shops—primarily new types of apps that may obtain different apps with out going by means of the App Retailer. That features the power to handle updates for different builders’ apps which might be distributed by means of the marketplaces.

The corporate will even supply APIs and a brand new framework for third-party internet browsers to make use of browser engines aside from Safari’s WebKit. Till now, browsers like Chrome and Firefox have been nonetheless constructed on high of Apple’s tech. They primarily have been cell Safari, however with bookmarks and different options tied to different desktop browsers.

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