Jan 25, 2024

Apple to allow rival app stores on iPhones and iPads in EU

Apple will allow alternative app stores to be used on its devices purchased in the EU from March. Currently, anyone with a device such as an iPhone or iPad can only download apps from the firm's own App Store. It has meant that developers who either fail to meet Apple's standards for being on the App Store, or do not wish to pay its fees, are excluded from the millions of people who use Apple gadgets. In theory this move could mean that iPhone users in Europe would be able to restore the Fortnite app via a different app marketplace. The aim of the new law is to regulate the largest companies that are gatekeepers to services such as search engines and app stores to make the market fairer for established companies and smaller firms.

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