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Apple has announced changes to its iOS platform in response to the EU's Digital Markets Act. The changes include new options for distributing iOS apps from alternative app marketplaces, new frameworks and APIs for creating alternative app marketplaces, and new frameworks and APIs for alternative browser engines. Apple has released iOS 17.4 beta to help developers prepare for the changes and meet the compliance deadline of March 7. However, Apple has expressed concerns that some of the changes, such as app sideloading, may pose risks to user security and privacy.
In a background briefing with journalists ahead of the beta launch, Apple said it's been working on its solution to comply with the DMA for months. But it also warned some of the changes will create new risks for users - repeating a long-standing argument against sideloading, and against the DMA, that the practice risks reducing iOS users' security and privacy.