Due to the new Law of Digital Markets of the European Union , Apple will have to apply some changes if it wants to continue selling its iPhone in Europe .
Apple would be forced to allow iPhone users to install apps outside of the App Store under recent legislation introduced by the European Union .
This provision is included in the legislative package that regulates digital markets (DMA), which was one step closer to becoming law this week. An EU spokesman confirmed that the provision is still included.
“We believe that the owner of a smartphone should have the freedom to choose how to use it ,” European Commission spokesman Johannes Bahrke said in a statement, according to The Verge .
“This freedom includes being able to opt for alternative sources of apps on their smartphone. With the DMA, a smartphone owner would still be able to enjoy safe and secure services from the default app store on their smartphones. On top of that, if a user so chooses, the DMA would allow a smartphone owner to also opt out of other secure app stores.” Bahrke added.
Sideloading on iPhone
In addition to allowing third-party apps (known as sideloading), the tech giant would also have to allow developers to use the App Store without using Apple’s payment systems .
The Digital Markets Law (DMA) has not yet been approved as law by the European Parliament , but it is expected to be admitted without many problems and, if so, it would come into force as of October this year. EU member states will choose how to interpret the new law in their national law.
Apple has always opposed sideloading on its iPhones , arguing that it would compromise the security of its platform. “Allowing sideloading would degrade the security of the iOS platform and expose users to serious security risks not only in third-party app stores, but also in the App Store ,” said an Apple report last year.
Regarding the new EU proposal, Apple indicated that it was concerned that “some provisions of the DMA will create unnecessary privacy and security vulnerabilities for our users, while others will prohibit us from charging for intellectual property in which we invest heavily.”