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The EU has been successful in enforcing change within the Apple ecosystem. It started with giving the new iPhone 15 series USBCs instead of the more than a decade old lightning cable. 

Now more changes are happening. Within the EU, third-party app stores will be available to download on iOS devices. This is a first and a groundbreaking shakeup in Apple’s ecosystem. This will arrive in March through an iOS 17.4 update. Again, this will remain within the EU only, since it’s a response to their Digital Markets Act (DMA) – a regulation to enforce fair competition and consumer choice. So, if you ever find yourself in the EU in the next couple of months, you’ll have a wee bit more control over your iPhones.

In a move that looks like a middle finger to Apple, Epic will be preparing their own Epic Games Store app for iOS, leveraging on the EU’s DMA. So yes, people who have missed playing Fortnite on an iPhone, will be able to do so – again, if you’re in the EU. In case you didn’t know, Apple and Epic have gone to court. Basically, Epic made a way how people can make in-game purchases in Fortnite without going through Apple, and Apple got mad they were losing a slice of the pie and so yeeted Fortnite off their platform. 

Other changes involve adding new web browsers for iOS. So, it’s like this, there are multiple browser engines. Apple provides WebKit for Safari, and other web browsers on Apple are forced to run on WebKit, which cuts back on features on those browsers. Now with the EU’s DMA and iOS 17.4, that changes, as web browsers will be able to run on their own browser engines, which can make some websites run faster or look better. 

Apple calls them “alternative app marketplaces and if you’re in the EU in the next couple of months, you can go to that marketplace’s website and download the store and then give it permission to download apps. Apple will still have approval processes, so not just any marketplace can get into iOS. 

As if opening its doors was a deep stab in the gut, the twist of the knife, is developers have more payment options now. Developers can either keep on using Apple’s own system, which has other fees, or they have their own without all the Apple fees. 

If developers choose to use a different payment other than Apple, they will still pay a 17% instead of Apple’s standard 30%–which has been rousing the ire of critics, including Spotify. 

It’s not interesting to see how developers will make use of these new changes. And it’s also interesting to see how Apple will continue to respond in the future. They can’t be happy about these changes, as they will be losing a lot of money. 

It’d also be interesting to know if iOS users–at least in the EU–will use other third-party stores to download apps. 

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