Apple at the moment launched the primary beta of iOS 17.5 to builders, and as anticipated, the replace introduces assist for downloading apps from developer web sites within the European Union.

In iOS 17.4, Apple started permitting builders to supply their apps by means of various app marketplaces within the European Union to adjust to the Digital Markets Act. Apple initially supposed for apps to solely be accessible by means of these marketplaces, however in March, Apple stated that it will the truth is be including assist for downloading apps straight from web sites.

To supply an app for obtain from a web site within the European Union, builders want to satisfy particular standards. Builders have to be a member of the Apple Developer Program for 2 steady years or extra and will need to have an app with multiple million first installs on iOS within the European Union within the prior yr. Different necessities embrace submitting to Apple’s notarization course of and publishing clear information assortment insurance policies.

Apple will present licensed builders with an API that permits them to supply their apps for obtain through the online. Apps downloaded this fashion will be capable to be backed up, restored, up to date, and extra.

That is the primary time that Apple has sanctioned downloading an app straight from a web site. Help for this characteristic will enable apps like Spotify, Fortnite, and others to be downloaded straight on iPhones ought to the builders behind these apps choose in to Apple’s phrases.

Apps provided by means of the online should not have to pay any fee to Apple, however they’re topic to the 0.50 euro Core Expertise Charge.

As with various app marketplaces, app downloads from the online can be found within the European Union solely beneath the phrases of the DMA. Observe that apps can solely be downloaded this fashion on the iPhone because the adjustments don’t apply to the iPad.

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