As per a recent announcement, big changes are coming for iPhone apps in Europe. Apple is responding to new regulations from the European Commission that are meant to limit the power of big tech companies like Apple.
Specifically, Apple will now allow iPhone app developers in Europe to distribute their apps through third-party app stores instead of being restricted to just the Apple App Store. This means iPhone users in Europe may soon have more options for finding and downloading apps. However, developers will have to pay Apple a new “Core Technology Fee” if they go this route.
In addition to alternative app stores, Apple will also enable developers to use payment systems other than Apple’s own system for collecting payments from users. So, developers will have more choices regarding how they handle payments and subscriptions within their iPhone apps in Europe.
Web browser choice is getting interesting, too. Apple will allow web browsers on iPhones in Europe to use rendering engines other than Apple’s own WebKit technology. Consequently, web developers will have more freedom in how web content appears on iPhones. Not to mention that users will be able to set their preferred web browser as the default if they desire.
It is pertinent to mention that Apple’s latest policies are an attempt to comply with the laws of the European Commission Digital Markets Act (DMA). Preserving the company’s interests and being compliant with DMA are their top-most priorities, a blogger associated with the tech goliath recently revealed. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Apple as it navigates this terrain.