According to the report, the plan is being promoted by the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) rules for digital gatekeepers to ensure open markets. The new regulation is said to be aimed at ending unfair practices by companies that act as gatekeepers to the online platform economy. press release. This means Apple will have to allow third-party app stores and side-loading software from the web. Earlier, Apple executives responded to the move and said, “Sideloading is a cybercriminal’s best friend,” while speaking at Web Summit 2021.
iOS 17 can allow sideloading of apps on iPhone
Changes will also come to NFC chip and camera access, Find My Network to rival AirTag, web browsing engines and other areas of Apple software. The company plans to charge developers for access to iOS even with side loading.
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) December 13, 2022
According to Gurman, Apple will need to allow access to the NFC chip, camera access, Find My Network for AirTag rivals, new web browsing engines on its devices and other areas of Apple software. While companies have until 2024 to fully comply with the Digital Markets Act, these updates will probably come to iOS 17 in 2023. He also noted that Apple charges developers for access to iOS even with side loading.
Let’s say Apple doesn’t follow the law: In that case, regulators will impose fines and penalties of up to 10 percent of the company’s worldwide turnover, and increase that to 20 percent if repeated. Note that these changes will only take place in the 27 countries of the European Union. The Act will come into force from January 1, 2024.