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In January, Apple announced it would soon allow iPhone and iPad users in Europe to download apps from third-party app stores. Actually opening one, however, isn’t easy. Austin Carr for Bloomberg News: ‎ 28-year-old developers [Riley Testut and Shane Gill] saw Apple’s policy shift as a chance to legitimize the unauthorized service they designed several years ago to let users play old-school video games on their iPhones. The pair, who run a bootstrapped startup from the Dallas apartment they share, began slogging through Apple’s approval process for third-party shops. Their experience offers a glimpse of the road ahead for other outsiders looking to take advantage of Apple’s changes… [Apple] introduced a complicated set of policies for those who want to…
iPad joined the European Union's list of "gatekeeper" platforms, which will force Apple to allow sideloading applications. (via Cult of Mac - Apple news, rumors, reviews and how-tos)
Briefing the media on the latest development to its EU app ecosystem this week, an Apple representative said developers wanting to distribute iOS apps directly will be able to tap into the entitlement through iOS 17.5 beta 2. Natasha Lomas for TechCrunch: ‎ Apple is opening up web distribution for iOS apps targeting users in the European Union starting Tuesday. Developers who opt in — and who meet Apple’s criteria, including app notarization requirements — will be able to offer iPhone apps for direct download to EU users from their own websites. It’s a massive change for a mobile ecosystem that otherwise bars so-called “sideloading.” Apple’s walled garden stance has enabled it to funnel essentially all iOS developer revenue through…
The EC opened a non-compliance investigation into whether Apple is fully following the rules of the Digital Markets Act. (via Cult of Mac - Apple news, rumors, reviews and how-tos)
EU developers can forgo the App Store entirely and distribute their applications to iPhone users directly from their own websites. (via Cult of Mac - Apple news, rumors, reviews and how-tos)
Apple on Friday said that a number of governmental agencies in the European Union and elsewhere have voiced concerns about security risks as Apple is forced to allow app sideloading its iPhones and iPads to rival app stores to comply with EU tech rules. Under the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), Apple will be required as of March 7th to offer alternative app stores on iPhones and iPads. Foo Yun Chee for Reuters: ‎ [Apple] said “sideloading” – installation of applications on a mobile device without using its dedicated app store – has sparked concerns from both EU and non-EU government agencies and users. “These agencies – especially those serving essential functions such as defense, banking, and emergency services –…
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