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Apple’s iOS 17.2 hints at ability to sideload apps from outside the App Store | Technology News

9to5Mac’s analysis of the iOS 17.2 beta reveals that Apple may start allowing users to sideload apps from outside the App Store, as required by the European Union’s Digital Markets Law. Ta.

Apple's app storeIt’s unclear when (or if) Apple will start allowing users to bypass the App Store. (390097 via Pixabay)

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Apple has bowed to pressure from the European Union in the past, switching the iPhone’s Lightning connector to the USB-C standard. The iOS 17.2 beta signals that the company is once again following the European Union’s directive to allow iPhone users to “sideload” apps from outside the App Store.

The European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) sets out a series of obligations for “gatekeepers” to ensure fair and open digital markets. Apple is one of the companies designated as a gatekeeper, and the DMA says the company must allow end users to install apps from sources other than its App Store.

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If you currently own an iPhone, the only way to sideload apps from outside the App Store is to first jailbreak your device. But now, 9to5 mac has found evidence in the iOS 17.2 beta code that suggests Apple is moving toward allowing users to sideload apps on iOS devices.

iOS 17.2 includes a public framework called “Managed App Distribution.”based on 9to5 macanalyzed the API and found that there were extension endpoints declared within the system. This means other apps can create extensions of this type. We also found unused entitlements that give third-party apps permission to install other apps. Simply put, it allows developers to create their own app stores.

Apple has made provisions to begin allowing sideloading in the App Store, but it’s unclear when the company will enable it. The company has until March 2024 to comply with the European Union’s DMA. It is also expected that the company will sue the union in an effort to maintain the App Store’s status quo.

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