Apple continues to argue third-party app stores make iPhones less safe even as it readies EU iPhones to allow them

Apple continues to argue third-party app stores make iPhones less safe even as it readies EU iPhones to allow them 3

With the release of iOS 17.4 this month Apple will finally allow people to install third-party app stores on their iPhones, a move that will stop short of allowing sideloading but still allow Apple to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act. But the company continues to argue that the move, which it opposes, will make iPhones less safe for those who use them in the region.

Apple has been beta testing the iOS 17.4 update for weeks and is expected to release it to the public next week ahead of the DMA’s March 6 deadline. That deadline will require a number of things, including support for third-party app stores, with Apple saying that it has had to build more than 600 new APIs and developer tools to allow it to fully comply with the EU’s requirements.

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