WWDC 2023 is already shaping up to be a wild event, with reports claiming that Apple will finally unveil the much-anticipated Mixed Reality headset, as well as the xrOS that will power the device. The ride doesn’t stop there, as the Cupertino company is reportedly planning to introduce app sideloading on iPhones, a feature that Android users have been enjoying for years.
App Sideloading May Debut With the Launch of iOS 17
Apple’s suite of operating systems will undergo several updates at WWDC in June. Of particular note are changes coming with iOS 17, including the introduction of sideloading to comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act. This legislation mandates that third-party app stores be allowed on iPhones and iPads, and Apple is said to be preparing to comply with these rules.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, sideloading is the installation of an application or software from a source other than the official channel, such as a third-party app store or website. This method bypasses the need to obtain the app or software from Apple’s App Store, and one can also install apps by transferring software from a computer to the phone.
However, Apple is not pleased about the changes, as the company sees sideloading and jailbreaking as security threats to its users. In fact, Apple had already begun preparing for the EU law changes that will take effect in 2024, according to previous reports from December.
Apple’s Flagship Stores Will Open Soon in India
Aside from that, Apple will open two flagship stores this month, one in Mumbai, unofficially dubbed Apple BKC, which will open tomorrow, and the other in Delhi, dubbed Apple Saket, which will open on April 20th.
According to Apple, physical stores will provide new ways for customers to browse, discover, experience, and buy Apple products while also providing exceptional service and experiences.
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published: Monday, April 17, 2023, 17:21 [IST]