Apple plans to make significant changes in response to a new European law that’s aiming to break down the closed iPhone app ecosystem. Their plans include slapping on some new fees and restrictions for third-party software downloads outside the App Store. Keep reading to know more about Apple’s new fees and restrictions.
Here’s The Scoop!
Apple’s new fees and restrictions are kind of a big deal because Apple has always been the boss when it comes to controlling software distribution on its devices. But now, they’re facing pressure from the EU to loosen up a bit. As of now, the new plan is exclusive to Europe.
Once issued, users in Europe can download software onto their iPhones without being chained to the App Store. Well, major players like Meta Platforms and Spotify are already gearing up for such changes. Meta is looking into a system where you can snag apps directly from Facebook ads, while Spotify is planning to let you download certain iPhone apps straight from its website.
Rumour has it that Microsoft might jump on the bandwagon too, thinking about creating its own third-party app store. They’ve toyed with the idea before, especially one tailored just for games. Well, there’s been no word about when the new restrictions might kick off.
What’s Cooking Outside The App Store?
Most iOS games hang out in the App Store, but not all of them need to be downloaded from the App Store. There are many games which you can download from other platforms, such as the official websites of games. Apple plays it cool by keeping a tight grip on app distribution in the crowded marketplace.