Apple has announced a number of noteworthy changes that would drastically change the iOS ecosystem, the App Store, and the features of browsers on the platform, all under the strong impact of the EU’s Digital Markets Act. These revolutionary adjustments will be incorporated into the upcoming iOS 17.4 update—which is slated for release in March—in the European Union.

Additional Browser Choices
One significant change is related to internet browsing. At the moment, iOS users have the option to set a default browser that is different from Safari; nonetheless, these browsers must make use of Safari’s WebKit rendering engine. This restriction is also going away since iOS will let any browser to use the rendering engine of their choice, giving developers more options and latitude.

Moreover, Safari is in dire need of a significant update as iOS 17.4 becomes available to iPhone consumers throughout the EU. An important update intended to provide customers more control over their browsing experience is the ability to choose between several browsers when the device boots up instead of only Safari.

More App Stores
The largest shift, however, is Apple’s decision to allow third-party app stores in the iOS ecosystem—a major shift from the company’s prior position. But the business has established a strict “baseline review” procedure that will be applied to all apps, regardless of their distribution channel, due to worries about possible hazards to its consumers.

Users will be able to download the app with ease since it will have both automatic and human review processes that combine to produce clear app descriptions and functional insights. In addition, iPhone NFC functionality will be enabled in the EU. As a result, banking and alternative wallet apps will be able to take use of tap-to-pay features and become the go-to way for mobile payments.

More significant modifications to the App Store are in store, including new ways for developers to integrate payment service providers directly into their apps. Furthermore, developers will be able to handle payments through external links, giving customers the option to finish digital goods and service transactions on the developer’s external website. This will add even more flexibility to the iOS ecosystem.

EU app makers will now have to adhere to an updated commission structure. 10% commission will be charged for most developers and subscriptions beyond the first year. However, a somewhat higher rate of 17% will be applied to transactions involving digital products and services.

iOS apps that choose to use the App Store’s payment processing services will pay a 3% payment processing fee on top of these commission adjustments. Applications that decide to stick with the current payment structure offered by the App Store will be charged this cost. A important component of this fee restructuring is the addition of a “Core Technology Fee,” as well. After 1 million installations, iOS apps that are either published through the App Store or another app store will have to pay an initial annual installation charge of €0.50 for each installation.

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