Apple is reportedly taking steps to loosen its control over the App Store, allowing users in Europe to “sideload” software through independent, third-party app stores. The move comes as the European Union passes new laws designed to open up digital platforms to more competition and give users more control over default settings. The changes, which are expected to roll out with iOS 17 next year, mark a major shift in Apple’s business practices and a surprise concession to EU regulators. It remains to be seen whether the changes will be implemented worldwide or only in Europe.
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