App Developers Can Now Sign Up for Consultations on Complicated EU App Ecosystem Changes

Apple this week announced that developers can sign up to meet with an Apple team member to discuss the changes being made to iOS, Safari, and the App Store in the European Union.

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Developers can request a 30-minute online consultation to ask questions and provide feedback about Apple's changes. Topics of discussion include alternative distribution on iOS, alternative payments in the ‌App Store‌, linking out to purchases on a webpage, new business terms, and more.

Apple is also offering in-person labs in Cork, Ireland for those who are interested in starting an alternative app marketplace.

Apple is making sweeping changes to the app ecosystem in the European Union in order to comply with the Digital Markets Act. Alternative app marketplaces can be used to install apps on the iPhone, and Apple is supporting alternative payment methods in apps across all of its App Stores.

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Top Rated Comments

Morichan Avatar
20 weeks ago
It’s complicated because of you Apple! We should make it clear.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
20 weeks ago
The real question is if Apple even „consulted“ with the EU about these changes
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Arislan Avatar
20 weeks ago
I just want to be able to sideload apps. I don't need another store. Android's alternate stores are just absolute trash and I don't see iOS ones being any better.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MiniApple Avatar
20 weeks ago
the intend of the law/regulation is important in the EU.

Thus I think it is very likely the EU will force Apple to make further adjustments to Apple's DMA/DSA "compliance" and/or they'll adapt their rules.

And just to be clear, it's only complicated, because Apple made it so.
Apple wants to keep as much profits and control, while making alternatives unappealing as much as possible obviously for business reasons.

Hopefully it will end up at least like MacOS, where you can stay in the walled Apple garden if you wish, but alternatively can install any app you want from other sources if you desire to to so.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Abazigal Avatar
20 weeks ago

And just to be clear, it's only complicated, because Apple made it so.
I would too, if I ran an App Store and were told to stop collecting 30% from developers for no reason other than "just because". Do you expect me to just roll over and capitulate without a fight?

The DMA is really not a good piece of legislation, and I don't think it should be justified or normalised. Apple must not only allow EU competitors to leverage the iOS platform for free, but also ensure that competitors don’t act in bad faith to harm Apple users (because that would affect a key selling point of Apple products). It's ridiculous.

The DMA should be called out for what it is - an attempt by EU officials to slow down a handful of U.S. companies in order to give homegrown companies a heads-up. It's really just protectionism by another name.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
klasma Avatar
20 weeks ago

Developers can [...] provide feedback about Apple's changes.
I hope developers will give them a lot of [S]push[/S]feedback.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)