🤡 Does Apple have to allow users to download apps from outside the App Store? 🤷‍♂️

Review 123: 24.07.2021 at 08:00 am

At the moment, Apple is facing a slew of allegations from all around the world. One of the most serious of these charges concerns Apple’s monopolistic practices in the App Store. App developers for iOS are required to submit their apps on the Apple App Store first and foremost. This has been the case since the beginning.

App developers for iOS are required to submit their apps on the Apple App Store first and foremost. This has been the case since the beginning. As a result, their apps and games are in some way controlled by Apple.

According to Reuters, Apple has got a specific warning from Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s executive vice president. She is also in charge of technology-related issues.

Apple has been accused of exploiting users’ concerns about security and privacy to force them to use the App Store. This is so that the company can get up to 30% of the developers profits as a percentage of it.

Apple’s monopoly on apps through its App Store

The vice president of the European Commission will not be satisfied with Apple’s warning. As “Vestager” has been working since 2020 to put in place a set of legislation to control electronic markets, the Digital Markets Act (DMA), with the main purpose of confronting Apple in particular, and technological monopolies in general.

The new DMA rules are meant to force Apple to make it possible to install apps and games from third-party sources for users who want to. This is a process known as side-loading. As we know, Android users have had this feature almost since the inception of the system.

As a result, iPhone and iPad customers will be able to download apps from third-party app stores by default – such as APKMirror for Android users – as well as download apps and games directly over the Internet, share them, and send and receive them.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, for one, has flatly denied the allegations. Last June, he stated that this function will obliterate the security and privacy of iPhone and iPad devices. Vestager, for one, underscored the significance of security and privacy while simultaneously emphasizing that the two are not tied in this way.

The best vision at the moment is to turn the iOS system into something akin to Android, where everyone has access to the protected Play Store, but users can also download from outside the store or via any other means.

So far, all Margrethe Vestager wants is a recommendation, which must be authorized and implemented by a huge number of countries and decision-makers, including a large number of Arab countries, not to mention that the entire narrative is European and may not touch us as Arabs or the American continent! But it’s possible that the kernel will be the one to break Apple’s monopoly.

See you soon.

Written by:

Otto M Yassine

CEO of OTTO Magazine