Apple Announces The Biggest Shakeup To Ios And The App Store Since Launch

Written by Robert J. Matthews

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will overhaul its EU iOS, Safari, and App Store to comply with strict new tech standards.

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Apple will enable third-party app stores on iOS for the first time, eliminating its exclusive iPhone app distribution. 

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Customers will also have easier access to various payment systems and browsers. Users can even change the default app marketplace. 

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The EU declared Apple a "gatekeeper" under the Digital Markets Act in September 2023.

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The DMA prohibits platforms from favoring their services over competitors and digital businesses from pooling personal data across services.

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Apple will lose up to 30% commission due to the changes. EU developers will pay 17% commission on App store apps, dropping to 10% for eligible apps after the first year. 

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Apple will charge developers 3% more for its payment processing. 

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The company also introduced a "Core Technology Fee" for apps with over a million downloads. 

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