Apple reverses decision to disable home screen web apps in EU

Apple reverses decision to disable home screen web apps in EU

Apple has announced that it will reintroduce web apps to iPhones in the European Union with the upcoming iOS 17.4 update, slated for early March. This decision marks a reversal of Apple's previous stance to block web apps that circumvent its 30% App Store fees by selling subscriptions directly through their websites. The company made this announcement on Friday following regulatory scrutiny prompted by its initial move.

Apple had initially cited complex security and privacy concerns as reasons for removing these so-called home screen web apps, which can function as standalone apps on devices. However, in response to requests and feedback, particularly from the European Commission, Apple has decided to reinstate support for home screen web apps in the EU.

"We have received requests to continue to offer support for Home Screen web apps in iOS, therefore we will continue to offer the existing Home Screen web apps capability in the EU," the company stated.

The European Commission had expressed interest in Apple's actions, especially in light of the company's assertion that its decision aligned with the Digital Markets Act, a set of tech regulations established by the EU.

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