iPhone users will soon be able to get an update that until now was only available to those with an Android device.
And although Google has an official app store, the company doesn't restrict devices to its store, which means owners have plenty of options when it comes to adding software to their phones.
Apple never followed this path.
The American tech giant shut down its iPhones;
So that users cannot sideload software or download applications from unofficial sources.
The only place an app can be added to the iPhone is through the Apple App Store, but that may be about to change.
According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple could be planning a shift that would allow iPhone users to install software on their devices across other platforms.
The shift in direction is believed to be driven by the upcoming change from the EU's Digital Markets Act, DMA, which states that it wants to "end unfair practices by companies that act as gatekeepers, in the platform economy." Online".
“These are digital platforms that provide an important gateway between business users and consumers, whose position can give them the ability to act as a rule-maker, thus creating a bottleneck in the digital economy,” the EU said in a media statement. “To address these issues, the Digital Markets Act will set out a series of obligations.” that they will need to respect."
Apple's strict rules were to protect iPhone users from malware, unlike Android phone users. (Shutterstock)
It seems that these new rules will come into effect in 2024 and may mean that Apple will not have to allow only third-party applications to be available;
It also allows - the external download of the programs in its store.
The American company has not yet issued an official comment, but it seems unlikely that it will allow the installation of any application without checking it first.
Apple's strict rules meant that iPhone users were less likely to download apps that included data-stealing malware.
This is something that cannot be guaranteed for Android users who face almost weekly warnings about dangerous apps that could breach users' bank accounts.
We'll have to wait and see how Apple implements these changes.
In addition to changes in applications, Apple will also adopt a new way for users to recharge their devices.
This update is being introduced as the European Union (EU) introduces a new law that would force tech companies to use a single charging port across a variety of devices.
A USB-C charger will be the port of choice for all phones, tablets and cameras sold in the European Union, starting in 2024.
The news that Apple will ditch the current Lightning jack for USB-C on future iPhones was confirmed by Greg Joswiak;
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at the tech giant.