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Apple to allow outside app stores in overhaul spurred by EU laws

By Mark Gurman

13 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

In order to fulfill the requirements of the EU Digital Markets Act, Apple could allow side-loading of apps and changing default settings on future iPhones and iPads. Bloomberg has the exclusive.

Apple is preparing to allow alternative app stores on its iPhones and iPads, part of a sweeping overhaul aimed at complying with strict European Union requirements coming in 2024.

Software engineering and services employees are engaged in a major push to open up key elements of Apple's platforms, according to people familiar with the efforts. As part of the changes, customers could ultimately download third-party software to their iPhones and iPads without using the company's App Store, sidestepping Apple's restrictions and the up-to-30% commission it imposes on payments.

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