Apple is being pressured by the European Union to allow sideloading on its iOS platform. This shift is the result of a new legislation established by the European Commission that mandates “gatekeepers” like Apple, Google, and Microsoft provide customers the option to install apps outside of the official App Store.
In order to incorporate iMessage with other chats from other apps, Apple will need to open up its iMessage platform as well. As Meta merges Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp chats into one spot, we’ve seen this progressively spread out.
Apple, according to rumours, is already getting ready for this transition, which will take effect in March of 2024. Apps and games should be downloadable and installable from sources other than Apple’s official App Store, so the company needs to open up iOS for third-party development. Controversy has surrounded these rules since without the App Store, it’s unclear how Apple can collect its 15% cut from developer sales.
According to a recent report by Mark Gurman, Apple is planning to introduce this bold new strategy in time for the changes in regulation in the EU. We don’t know yet whether or if the feature will come to other countries and areas but Apple has to do it. The new rule mandates that app stores provide customers with the option to download software from multiple sources. This is a capability Android has had for some time.
Massive Shift in Tech-Market
Because of the European Union’s (EU) crackdown on tech giants like Apple and Google, entire ecosystems may undergo significant shifts in the near future. Other operating systems, not just Apple’s iOS, will be forced to comply. This even covers TV companies such as Samsung and Hisense that don’t allow sideloading of apps on specific models.
The movement is significant for consumers. It allows you more flexibility in how you use your technological devices. However, there are also security issues to consider. Up until now, the iOS platform has been a safe haven free of viruses and privacy-invading apps. This may be altered by sideloading.
Concerned that sideloading will “undermine the privacy and security protections” that iPhone users rely on, Apple has spoken out against the practice. Apple is worried that it will expose users to security risks like viruses, frauds, data tracking, and more.
With iOS 18, Apple reportedly plans to prioritize sideloading and compliance with these laws. To focus on reaching these goals and fixing problems and issues, the business has halted the development of new features, even though the upgrade won’t be launched until late 2024.