Technology giant Apple announced significant changes in mobile operating system iOS 17.4It will allow European users to download apps from third-party stores and use alternative payment methods on the App Store.

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This news comes in response to the Digital Markets Law that will come into force in the European Union from March 6.

One of the most notable changes is the ability to download apps from stores other than the App Store. Developers now have the option to allow users to download their software From sources other than the Apple store, which will facilitate parallel downloading of applications.

Additionally, these applications will be able to receive updates directly from the external store.

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Apple’s decision was also celebrated by companies such as Epic Games, which has been the subject of controversy in recent years. It is legal to be able to distribute with the Cupertino company Your games without relying solely on the App Store.

Epic Games announced that Fortnite is returning to the iOS platform, linking this decision directly to the new European Union Digital Markets Law.

However, Apple has also taken steps to protect users from potential risks associated with downloading apps from third-party stores.Such as malware, fraud or harmful content.

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To do this, it implemented iOS app notarization, which combines automated checks and human review, requiring a basic review regardless of distribution source.

Additionally, it will be provided Detailed information for users about the notarization process and developers will need to meet additional security requirements.

Regarding commercial terms, Apple has made significant changes. Apps distributed on the App Store will pay a reduced fee of 10% (after the first year for most developers and subscriptions) or 17% on digital transactions.

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Developers can choose to use Apple’s own payment system in the App Store for an additional 3% fee. inclusion of links to payment service providers or websites Third-party processing of payments will not create additional costs for Apple.

In addition to these changes, Apple has also introduced a browser selection screen in Safari for iOS 17.4 and later that allows users to select their default web browser from a list of options, thus providing more flexibility in choosing browsing tools for online navigation.

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*This content was prepared based on information received from Europa Press with the help of artificial intelligence and reviewed by the journalist and editor.

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