EU law will force Apple to allow third-party app stores

A new EU law will force Apple to allow sideloading and third-party app stores.

According to EdgeUnder the Digital Markets Act (DMA), Apple will be prevented from forcing users to download apps to their own app stores. Critics have complained that the requirement categorizes Apple as exclusive.

Lawmakers say the law promotes “freedom of choice”:

“We believe that smartphone owners should have the freedom to choose how they will use it,” European Commission spokesman Johannes Bahrke said of the law. “This freedom includes the ability to choose alternative sources of apps on your smartphone. With DMA, a smartphone owner can still enjoy the secure and secure services of the default App Store on their smartphone. On top of that, if a user chooses, the DMA will allow the smartphone owner to choose other secure app stores. ”

Developers will be able to use Apple’s App Store without having to use Apple’s payment system.

For its part, Apple claims that the law will make devices less secure.

“Allowing sideloading will undermine the security of the iOS platform and pose a serious security risk to users, not only in the third-party App Store, but also in the App Store,” Apple wrote in a report last year. Tim Cook argued that sideloading would “destroy the security of the iPhone.”

In a statement EdgeApple reiterated its privacy concerns, stating that “certain DMA provisions will create unnecessary privacy and security vulnerabilities for our users while others will prohibit us from charging for intellectual property where we invest heavily.”

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