New European laws will oblige Apple to allow the installation
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New European laws will oblige Apple to allow the installation of mobile applications from third party sources

The draft Digital Markets Act (DMA), announced by the European Union the day before, includes a requirement that will force Apple to allow users to install mobile applications from alternative sources to the standard app store.

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Image source: Andrzej Rembowski / pixabay.com

“We believe that the owner of a smartphone should have the freedom to choose how to use it. This freedom includes the ability to connect alternative sources of use for it. With DMA, the smartphone owner can continue to use the secure services of the standard available app store. If that is the user’s choice, DMA also allows the smartphone owner to connect other secure app stores.– commented on the initiative to the resource via email The edge Representative of the European Commission Johannes Bahrke. In addition to the new format for working with applications, the bill also requires Apple to open access for developers to accept payments and bypass the company’s own service.

The European Parliament has not yet put the draft DMA to a vote, but it is expected that there will be no difficulties in its adoption. The member countries of the EU have the possibility to interpret their requirements as they see fit in relation to national legislation.

Apple, of course, is firmly opposed to the idea of ​​installing applications from third-party sources: last year, a company official said it compromised user security and was widely open “Pandora’s Box”. This method of software installation has long worked with Mac computers, but according to the manufacturer, the iPhone analogy is wrong because the phone contains more sensitive information.

The EU, on the other hand, suggests that users decide for themselves whether or not to allow installations from third-party sources – similarly this is now implemented in Google Android, where users determine the set of available alternatives.

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