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Apple will charge EU developers to sideload, but it’s not quite as bad as rumored

Apple has announced iOS 17.4 that includes new options for an alternative App Store in the European Union, plus browsers will no longer have to use Apple’s WebKit.

The App Store is changing in Europe.
The App Store is changing in Europe

It was known that Apple would be working to comply with the EU’s requirement that it add sideloading, or third-party app stores. Now Apple has revealed that from March 2024, and the release of iOS 17, it will be adding new fees, new options for developers, and is working to maintain privacy safeguards for users.

Apple is now going to notarize all iOS apps, regardless of where they are sold. It says this will mean protecting users from security issues, but will not also include the same App Store Review that Apple now provides.

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