Yes, it is true even though it something that most people never thought of it to be possible. Sideloading of apps on the iPhone and iPad is becoming a reality as early as 2023. According to news from Bloomberg, the EU has passed a new legislation. That will require that Apple allows users sideload apps. And also allow third-party app stores to run on iPhones and iPad.
This may come as a good news to many iPhone and iPad users. As they can finally have more control of their Apple devices. Users can finally be able to download apps without having to use their Apple IDs or Jailbreaking their iPhone.
App developers on the other hand may even find this news more appealing. This is because they can now be able to develop apps for Apple products. Without having to pay Apple’s 15 to 30 percent fees.
IPhone Users In Europe May Be The First To Be Able To Sideload Apps
However, this may not be the case for everybody as well as region is concerned. Since the law was passed by the European Union. Apple is only planning to start with the European market. At least for the time being.
Apple may only expand this to other regions if the countries in those regions introduce similar legislations.
For example, the United States is also considering a legislation that would require that Apple allows Sideloading of apps on the iPhone. If this comes to fruition, Apple will have no other choice than to allow sideloading in the United States as well.
Apple Said It’s Not Safe To Sideload Apps On iPhone
Apple has said on several occasions that sideloading apps on the iPhone will undermine the security and privacy protection that iPhone users rely on. The company also emphasized that, iPhone users may become vulnerable to scams, malware, data tracking and other issues.
The European Union’s digital market act went into effect on 1st November 2022. It requires that, gatekeepers open up their services and platforms to other companies and developers.
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This new legislation will have a major impact on Apple’s platforms. It will require the company to make a lot of changes. This changes may possibly affect the App Store, Siri, FaceTime, iMessage etc. Apple has until 6th of March 2024 to comply with this new EU legislation.
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple’s software engineering and services employees have already begun working. They are working to open up key elements of Apple platforms. This will definitely require a chunk of resources from Apple.
IOS 17 May Allow Users To Sideload Apps To Their iPhone
Apple plans to implement this functionality in 2023. Sources claim that the new functionality will come with an iOS 17 update. This will put Apple ahead of the deadline of 2024. Some employees also expressed their views to Bloomberg. They said, this new update may have impacts on new iOS features that may come with the iOS 17.
There is another aspect of the digital market act. This require Apple to allow developers install third-party payment systems within tbier apps. Apple is however undecided on whether to comply with the act or not. Apple is also confused on how to make the messaging app available to third-party services. This is because the DMA requires interoperability between messaging platforms.
Apple may want to do away with this new act. But the EU is quite strict on its rules and Apple would not want to break such rules. The EU can find any company to the tune of 20 percent of its global revenue. If that company refuses to abide by its rules. This means Apple can either decide to abide by the rules. Or risk paying a fine as high as $80 billion. And we all know it will not even end there.
As you may have already heard. The European Union has also passed a law which requires all Apple devices to use USB-C ports. This is also coming in 2023.