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This big newness that Apple hasn’t finally revealed (yet)

This big newness that Apple hasn’t finally revealed (yet)

However, it was regularly cited as a possible novelty at WWDC 2023, but sideloading was finally snubbed by Apple. But this change, which would represent a small turning point, could be the subject of a separate declaration … dedicated to Europe.

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WWDC 2023 was historic. It’s been nearly 10 years (2014) since Apple introduced a whole new category of products, with the Apple Watch at the time. This time around, Apple has tackled an entirely different giant, the mixed reality headset with the Apple Vision Pro.

Inevitably, this space computer — as Apple likes to call it — was the star of the event, along with iOS 17 in particular. But is it necessary to hide “No Ads”? And it’s the new software or hardware we’ve come to expect…but never quite had its glory moment.

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Among them, we were particularly impressed: side loadWhich is the ability to install app stores other than the App Store on your iPhone. For months, we had some rumors hanging around that this opening up to other app markets would be discussed at WWDC 2023. Nope.

iOS 17 is compatible with iPhone
Source: Apple

in April, bloomberg He was more careful. According to US media, it wasn’t much of WWDC that would have been the scene of such an announcement, but rather iOS 17 as a whole – which will go through several stages, between beta and stable release.

bloomberg books:

iOS 17 will make noise beyond WWDC itself. Apple is fixing the software to open the iPhone for sideloading — downloading apps outside the official store — to comply with new European regulations by next year.

Should we then believe that the project has been permanently abandoned? impossible. It’s actually worth adding a little context to understand the ins and outs of the story. And bloomberg He cites a very important element to remember: the new European regulations.

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Apple did not want to reveal itself

The latter usually forces Apple to set up side load…at least in the European Union. Thus, only the Old Continent can be affected by this strong paradigm shift, while for years the manufacturer has opposed the idea of ​​opening its own operating system. So Asia and North America should be spared.

Consequences: We can expect an announcement specific to Europe in the coming weeks or months. And we can to some extent understand that Apple did not want to expose itself to WWDC, by showing the whole world that it really had to comply with the laws of Europe. There’s another possibility to consider as well: to keep a specific module on its operating system, Apple can also open a file. side load to all its users, in Europe and elsewhere. But to be sure, we’ll have to wait for a real announcement. If she ever came.

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