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Apple announced that it will allow alternative app stores and new options for app developers to comply with Europe's Digital Markets Act. The new law requires Apple to loosen its strict rules for App Store distribution and payment processing.
Apple is making these changes with the caveat that the company has done everything it can to ensure iOS devices remain secure and malware-free, but it has no plans to expand these options outside of Europe, citing risk.
Apple's decision to make these changes is significant, as the company has long resisted any modifications to its App Store rules. However, the European Digital Markets Act is forcing Apple to adapt and make sweeping changes. Smaller companies are viewing this as a major win, as it allows for more competition and options in the app development market.
Across every change, Apple is introducing new safeguards that reduce - but don't eliminate - new risks the DMA poses to EU users," the company said in a release.