Apple has opposed sideloading apps on its devices ever since the inception of the iPhone, but that may be changing soon. In fact, according to Mark Gurman, a renowned Apple analyst, the next iOS 17 will enable just that.
But don’t hold your breath, as this isn’t confirmed just yet. The upcoming iOS 17 might just lay the grounds for sideloading in the future. Then again, the EU’s new Digital Market Act is coming into effect in 2024 and requires companies to allow users to install apps from alternative sources, so there’s a good chance the change is coming with iOS 17.
And if Apple wants to comply, it would have to allow its users to install apps from app stores different from its own official App Store.
Apple’s refusal to enable sideloading stems from privacy and security concerns, so we wonder how Apple handles this. We will know more about this during the company’s annual WWDC conference, where watchOS is rumored to steal the spotlight with massive changes.