iOS 17.5 Brings a Historic Change from Apple for iPhone and iPad

iOS 17.5 Brings a Historic Change from Apple for iPhone and iPad
iOS 17.5 Brings a Historic Change from Apple for iPhone and iPad
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Apple marks a new chapter in the evolution of the mobile operating system by releasing the first beta version of iOS 17.5 to developers. This significant update ushers in a new era of app downloads, allowing for the first time access to apps directly from European Union developer websites. This move comes as an adaptive response to the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), underscoring Apple’s commitment to complying with regional regulations and supporting innovation.

In a natural evolution from iOS 17.4, where Apple started making it easier to access apps through alternative markets in the European Union, iOS 17.5 extends this freedom by adding support for downloading apps directly from developer websites. This strategic shift improves the accessibility and diversity of apps for iOS users, while strengthening Apple’s position as a leader in technological innovation.

To take advantage of this opportunity, developers must meet strict criteria set by Apple. They must be members of the Apple Developer Program for at least two consecutive years and have apps with more than one million initial installs on iOS in the European Union in the past year. In addition, Apple’s notarization process and publication of transparent data collection policies are mandatory steps to ensure a safe and transparent experience for users.

By providing a dedicated API, Apple empowers authorized developers to offer their apps for download over the web. Thus, apps downloaded through this new channel will have full support for backup, restore, updates and more, ensuring a seamless integration into the iOS ecosystem.

It is worth noting that, despite the removal of the need to pay Apple fees for applications distributed in this way, developers will be subject to a symbolic fee of 0.50 euros for Core Technology, thus maintaining a balance between freedom of distribution and sustainability of the ecosystem Apple.

This initiative underscores Apple’s commitment to complying with DMA regulations and provides a window of opportunity for big-name apps like Spotify and Fortnite to be accessible directly on users’ iPhones, should developers choose to align with Apple’s requirements. However, it’s important to note that this feature is limited to iPhones, with iPads remaining out of this distribution scheme for now.

In conclusion, iOS 17.5 represents a significant step forward in Apple’s adaptation to changes in the dynamic European digital landscape, giving developers more flexibility and iOS users access to a wider range of applications. Apple continues to position itself at the forefront of innovation, offering solutions that comply not only with current legislation but also with the high expectations of its global community.

This post was last modified on Apr. 3, 2024, 10:19 PM 10:19 PM


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