Apple Faces Compliance Hurdles in EU, Disables iPhone Web Apps – What It Means for Users

Apple Faces Compliance Hurdles in EU, Disables iPhone Web Apps – What It Means for Users
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Written By : Leah De-Graft Takyi

In response to challenges posed by the European Union’s new Digital Markets Act (DMA), Apple is making a significant change for users in Europe. With the release of iOS 17.4, the tech giant will disable the ability to install home screen web apps from iPhones and iPads in the EU. This move is driven by the complexities of complying with the DMA regulations.

The new update aims to allow developers to use alternative browser engines, but Apple raises concerns about potential security and privacy issues associated with this shift. Although users will still have the option to add website bookmarks to their home screens, clicking on them will direct them to the web browser rather than a standalone web app.

This move is part of Apple's proactive measures to align with DMA compliance. In addition to disabling web apps, Apple is gearing up to offer EU users the ability to choose their default browser. The company is also implementing enhanced security standards for developers utilizing alternative browser engines.

For Apple users in Ghana who use UK iPhones, the impact of these changes may be noticeable, especially if they frequently use web apps. The upcoming iOS 17.4 release will bring these adjustments to the forefront, raising questions about the evolving landscape of digital regulations and their effects on user experiences.

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