More bad news for Apple. Although Europe is being the origin and scene of some of the most important regulations for the smartphone industry, for those from Cupertino all this has translated into more and more restrictions, at least for the way in which they conceive their own platforms, especially the iPhone and the ecosystem iOS. Now, a leak ensures that they would force ‘the Apple‘ to allow almost any browser on their teams.
In case you didn’t know, Apple requires that all browsers available on app store for iOS devices use your own WebKit engine. However, the European Union It would have decided that this cannot be allowed, at least within its territory, since it translates into a control mechanism against developers.
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iPhone and iOS: all languages for everyone
According to The Register portal, from where they echoed the leak, there is a draft for European Union legislation that would modify the WFD (Digital Markets Act), which would add the need for language independence for internet browsing engines.
Under the legislation, imposing a browser engine on developers represents a barrier, as it “controls the functionality for a platform’s browsers and other applications built on software for the web.”
If this legislation takes effect, Apple would be forced to allow other browsers to be offered on iOS, such as chromethe well-known open source browser on which Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, Opera, etc. are built.
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The end of Safari on iPhone?
This could mean the end of Safari, a native browser for Apple devices that has not been without criticism in the recent past. Just at the beginning of the year, a group of developers formed the Open Web Advocacya coalition formed precisely to press for the abandonment of the mandatory requirement of Apple WebKit on your devices. “Stifles innovation and threatens the future of app development,” they revealed at the time. At the moment, it is not known for sure if the new DMA legislation will come into force soon.