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Digital Markets Act: Apple allows alternative app stores

iPhone users in the European Union will be able to use different app stores in the future. The company announced this. Until now, downloading apps on the iPhone was only possible via the Apple App Store.

Apple is reacting to the legal requirements of the new EU law on digital markets (Digital Markets Act/DMA). After that, large and dominant providers, so-called gatekeepers, must also allow app stores from other providers.

However, Apple will continue to retain some control over the installation of apps in the future, even if this takes place outside of its own app store. Unlike Google’s Android system, the apps cannot simply be downloaded using the browser and installed at your own risk. Rather, customers must use “certified” marketplaces for this. Apple wants to ensure security and data protection.

Users can choose payment service

Apple’s monopoly on contactless payment transactions with the iPhone is also falling in the EU. Until now, only the in-house payment service Apple Pay could use the NFC (Near Field Communication) function of the iPhone to make a payment at the supermarket checkout of the other payment terminal. In the future, users will be able to determine which payment application should start by default.

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