When Apple makes the iOS 17.4 iPhone software program replace accessible to everybody throughout the subsequent few weeks it would convey with it assist for third-party app shops and extra, however just for these within the European Union. Nonetheless, whereas that is excellent news for builders and customers alike, there’s some unhealthy information to go together with it.
That is after it was found that the present iOS 17.4 developer beta really removes a function and it would not look like a bug. The function, the power to put in progressive net apps (PWA), seems to have been faraway from Safari which implies that PWAs can not be used on EU-based iPhones operating iOS 17.4.
A progressive net app is a web site that may be added to the iPhone’s Residence display screen and successfully changed into an app. That features assist for badges and push notifications, whereas PWAs even have entry to devoted storage as nicely. Launching a PWA would not open Safari however as an alternative launches the online app with none of the cruft usually related to an online browser.
The removing of PWA assist comes as a shock and it is not one thing Apple has up to now confirmed. Movies exhibiting iOS 17.4 operating on affected gadgets point out that any PWAs that had been beforehand put in now launch in Safari as in the event that they had been conventional bookmarks.
Apple has but to substantiate when it would launch iOS 17.4 to the general public however the software program has to land earlier than early-March – the date when the EU’s Digital Markets Act would require that third-party app shops be allowed on iPhones throughout the area.