The Digital Markets Act (DMA) is preparing to make its debut in March 2024. By then, virtually all technology companies must comply with the new rules. Apple has just released an official statement that discusses upcoming news in the ecosystem, while criticizing every change introduced by the European Union through the DMA. Apple devices will be able to install applications from outside the App Store and much more.
Apple announced the changes it intends to make to its system to comply with the new DMA rules. App installs from outside the official App Store, external payments, and new APIs for creators are coming.
Apple will allow everyone to install apps from outside the App Store. Although some will have to pay extra
In its statement, Apple is very critical of the upcoming rules introduced by the European Union. The company claims that the changes will open the system to new threats, such as malware and fraud. It was also noted that users of Apple devices will now have to deal with an increased risk of threats to privacy and overall security, and the company is doing everything it can to prevent such actions. This is how literally all changes were presented. In the case of iOS, the new features mainly include new APIs and tools for developers to enable them to distribute software using other applications (e.g. new digital stores). Applications can be installed from outside the App Store, but each software must be verified and certified by Apple (notarization for iOS apps). Of course, if malware is detected, you will not be able to run it (after installation).
The European Union has indicated technology companies that will be subject to the DMA, i.e. the Digital Markets Act
When you first start Safari, you will be asked which solution you want to use by default. Until now, it was possible to change the main web browser to another one, but EU rules require that the user has a choice right away. However, creators can be happy, after all, in most cases, commissions for selling applications (10%) and for processing payments in the App Store (3%) have been reduced. The new possibilities open the way for developers to collect fees using other methods (e.g. on the website), i.e. also outside the official Apple store. So there are quite a lot of changes, and developers can start testing them from the beta version of iOS 17.4. In March 2024, all users will experience the new features firsthand. We will read the entire statement here.