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Apple Inc. is reportedly preparing to allow the sideloading of applications on their devices including iPhone and iPad.
In a report from Bloomberg, the tech conglomerate is planning to overhaul its system to enable 3rd party app stores.
Over the years, many have criticized Apple for its closed-source policy that blocks outside app installation.
Users can only install applications from the Apple App Store which many feel is unfair.
The company has always taken the stance that doing so prevents its devices from exposure to malware, viruses, and more.
In fact, in 2021, Apple released a detailed “threat analysis” of the outcomes associated with sideloading applications.
Despite their best efforts, however, it appears that European legislation will soon force the company to evolve.
The Digital Markets Act (DMA) was made to prohibit digital “gatekeepers” from controlling what users can install on their internet devices.
The Digital Markets Act officially entered into force on November 1, 2022, and gives companies until March of 2024 to make the required changes.
It seems that Apple is already in the process of modifying its technology with the possibility of these changes taking effect with the release of iOS 17.
Sideloading and 3rd party app stores such as Aptoide are extremely popular on open-source devices such as those with Android OS.
This includes the Amazon Firestick and Fire TV which are the most popular streaming devices available today.
Unlike Android devices, however, Bloomberg reports that Apple may implement security requirements for those who wish to sideload applications.
This includes a user fee that would make up for the loss in payments that Apple currently gets from App developers within their app store.
Right now, these changes will likely only effect European customers that have Apple products.
However, the US also has similar legislation on the table that could result in related changes for those in America as well.
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