End of App Store exclusivity: Apple will allow third-party apps to be downloaded from the App Store in 2023

According to a proposal by way of the App Store from the European Union, Apple must unlock iPhones and iPads.

So that licensed third-party app shops can function and permit sideloading so that programs can be installed without a license.

Lighitning on iPhone will be replaced by USB-C

Recently, the European Union compelled Apple to replace the lightning port on iPhones scheduled for delivery in 2024 with USB-C. Apple recently received another proposal, which is likely to put an end to the App Store and iOS’s monopoly.

The European Union has asked Apple to unlock iPhones and iPads for approved third-party app stores and enable sideloading so that users can install apps directly from their devices rather than through the App Store as they previously could. Thus, payments for in-app purchases are likewise not subject to the App Store’s 30% transaction fee.

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Apple will allow third-party apps to be downloaded from the App Store


Apple has consistently been adamantly opposed to letting iOS customers download apps from outside the company’s official AppStore. Apple believes that by doing this, the iOS ecosystem will remain secure. The developers disputed this, claiming that Apple had a monopoly on charging for all transactions made through the App Store.

The Digital Markets Code, a new set of regulations put forth by the European Union, will oblige Apple to break restrictions on app downloads.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has begun to develop a way for third-party app shops to function on iOS. Similar to how the iPhone must utilize a USB-C port, it appears that this change will only be implemented in the European market. However, politicians in the US are also debating this issue, so wider change is certainly feasible in the future.

Of course, when using its iOS platform, Apple will retain control over third-party app shops. For transactions that don’t go through the App Store, Apple may even impose a fee. There isn’t any formal information yet, though.

Apple’s Mac operating system and Google’s Android operating system both support sideloading.


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