Apple is reportedly working on adding support for alternative app stores on iPhone and iPad



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In what would be one of the most significant changes to iOS yet, Apple is reportedly working to add support for alternate app stores on iPhone and iPad, allowing users to download third-party apps on their devices without Apple’s App Store. to use .

To meet the strict requirements of the European Union that will come into force in 2024, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has claimed that “software engineering and service workers are taking a big step to open up key elements of Apple’s platforms,” ​​citing people familiar with the effort.

Adding sideloading support would make apps for iPhone and iPad available through third-party app stores and not just Apple’s App Store as it stands today, allowing developers to avoid the 15 to 30 percent change in charges for purchases .

Apple is said to be pouring “a significant amount of resources” into the effort, which will likely be made available with iOS 17 to users in Europe where the law would be in effect.

In addition to allowing users to download third-party apps on their devices without using Apple’s App Store, Apple is said to be working to open up other parts of the iPhone that are currently inaccessible to developers, including the iPhone’s NFC system. , that would allow third-party developers to create alternate wallet apps and payment systems to rival Apple Pay.