Looks like we’re gonna see a big change to Apple next year as Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has revealed that Apple is currently prepping up the iOS and the iPadOS to open up for third-party app stores. This means that their mobile and tablet operating systems will be open to other app stores aside from Apple’s own App Store.
This is in-line with the EU’s requirements under the Digital Markets and Services Act and Apple is expected to open up different key elements of the iPhone and the iPad so that they can download apps through third-party app stores.
However, the update is only expected to take place in 27 countries that are members of the EU and it will probably expand the services to other regions in the feature.
The Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act are intended to promote fair competition and to provide privacy to consumers. Companies including Apple are expected to abide by the law that will come into force this January 1, 2024.