Apple might not like it, but it'll have to support sideloading and third-party app stores on iPhone in the coming months. It's all happening in Europe, where the Digital Markets Act (DMA) is in effect. The antitrust law meant to protect consumers and increase competition has already determined the first round of gatekeeper companies and tech products. Apple, iOS, the App Store, and Safari are on that list.
As a result, Apple will have to make changes to the iPhone software to meet its new obligations under the DMA. For the App Store, it'll likely have to allow other companies to compete against it with app stores of their own. Apple will also have to support third-party payment systems in Europe.
Sideloading is practically going to happen as soon as Apple starts making changes to iOS 17. Consumers will have to be able to download apps from any source, not just digital repositories like the App Store and third-party equivalents.
Apple might have already started work to bring such features to the iPhone soon. The iOS 17.2 beta has code indicating support for sideloading and third-party app stores. But even if it's real, Apple isn't ready to confirm it.
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