Apple, in response to new E.U. regulations, is loosening its hold on the App Store to comply with a competition law taking effect on March 7. This will allow users in the 27-nation bloc to use alternative app stores and payment methods on their iPhones and iPads. The shift stems from a 2022 law passed by the E.U. called the Digital Markets Act, aiming to reduce the power of major tech companies. Apple stated that the changes are in compliance with the Digital Markets Act’s requirements in the European Union. However, maintaining oversight of new marketplaces and apps working outside its App Store is a priority for Apple to prevent bad actors from distributing malware and defrauding customers. Furthermore, the changes could impact Apple’s finances, as the App Store’s policy takes up to 30% of developers’ sales, with significant fees unjustly criticized by many developers. Despite the changes, Apple has challenged some elements of the new law, including one that would open its messaging service, iMessage, to work more smoothly with Android devices. The company argues that iMessage isn’t subject to these requirements because it is free to customers, and the EU has not made a final decision on the matter.
Apple’s Revamped App Store in Europe: Adapting to New Digital Legislation
The career of Roger Fidler exemplifies a warning: Sometimes, you can predict the future but still fall victim to it. Three decades ago, Mr. Fidler was a media executive promoting a vision of the future for newspapers. The rise of digital technology would allow for news to be accessed on portable devices all day long, […]Read More
Roger Fidler has had a front-row seat to the digital revolution in the newspaper industry. Thirty years ago, he was advocating for the future of newspapers as portable digital devices that would offer multimedia content to readers. While his vision has largely come to fruition with people constantly online and engaged with news, traditional media […]Read More
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