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EU May Investigate Apple’s Decision to Disable Web Apps

The European Commission may investigate Apple’s decision to disable Home Screen web apps in the EU, according to a Financial Times report.

With the release of the second beta version of iOS 17.4, it was discovered that Apple no longer allows the launching of web apps from the Home Screen in their own window that takes up a full screen. Critics immediately argued that the move undermines the role of web apps as viable alternatives to native apps in iOS.

EU competition regulators quizzed developers last week to determine the impact of the change. This could possibly lead to a fill probe.

The European Commission confirmed its investigation to the Financial Times:

We are indeed looking at the compliance packages of all gatekeepers, including Apple. In that context, we’re in particular looking into the issue of progressive web apps, and can confirm sending the requests for information to Apple and to app developers, who can provide useful information for our assessment.

Apple claims that it had to make the change to how web apps work in iOS to comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). Apple says third-party browsers used with web apps in Europe could expose users to unlawful security and privacy risks.

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EU Calls for Developer Input

Recent updates to Apple’s iOS have led to significant changes in the way iPhone web apps operate in the EU. Apple has confirmed that the disabling of progressive web apps (PWAs) on its devices is a deliberate action in response to the complexities posed by the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). This development has triggered a wide-ranging discussion about the implications for developers, users, and the broader tech landscape.

Key Highlights:

  • Apple has intentionally disabled progressive web apps (PWAs) on iPhones in the EU, citing the new Digital Markets Act (DMA) as the reason.
  • The change impacts how web apps perform and interact with the iOS system, affecting developers and user experience.
  • Apple’s move has sparked debates about security, privacy, and market competition within the EU.

Apple Under Fire for Disabling iPhone Web Apps

The Impact of the Digital Markets Act

The DMA aims to foster competition and increase consumer choice in the digital market. However, Apple argues that the requirements to allow alternative browser engines make it impractical to continue supporting PWAs as they were. The company has stated that ensuring the security and privacy standards of web apps, in line with iOS’s native apps, would require a completely new architecture that is not feasible given the DMA’s demands and the low usage of home screen web apps​​.

Technical and User Experience Implications

The changes introduced with iOS 17.4 have several implications for developers and the user experience. Developers now face the challenge of adapting to a platform where web apps behave more like traditional websites than native apps, affecting functionalities such as notifications and local storage. For users, the direct access and offline capabilities previously offered by PWAs are no longer available, leading to a reliance on web browsers for access​​.

Security and Privacy Concerns

Apple’s stance on the disabling of PWAs also

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iPadOS 17 beta 8 now available to developers ahead of September release

A week after releasing iPadOS 17 beta 7, Apple is now seeding beta 8 to registered developers. As we near the final release of the upcoming operating system update, the company is now making new updates available on a weekly basis.

iPadOS 17 beta brings a revamp to the Lock Screen. There are stock wallpapers like Astronomy and Kaleidoscope, or you can choose a photo from your library. This system also brings an all-new motion effect for Live Photos that makes your Lock Screen feel more dynamic when you wake the iPad and settles into your Home Screen when unlocked.

iPadOS 17 beta also introduces Live Activities, which helps you stay on top of things happening in real time, such as food orders, flights, sports scores, and more.

In addition, widgets on your Lock Screen allow you to see information like the weather, time, date, battery levels, or upcoming events at a glance. There are also interactive widgets on your Home Screen, which let you play music, turn off the lights, and more right from a widget.

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iPadOS 17 beta introduces the Health app with a design optimized for a larger display. You can see rich details in favorites, review trends and highlights, and use interactive charts. You can create medication reminders, track your menstrual cycle, and log symptoms right from your iPad.

In addition, Safari got lots of new features. Now, you can create a profile to keep your browsing, history,

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Google Chrome now lets users add web apps to iOS

Apple introduced a bunch of new capabilities for web apps with iOS 16.4, including access to push notifications and permission for third-party apps to add web apps to the iPhone and iPad Home Screen. Now popular web browser Google Chrome is taking advantage of these new features, as its latest update lets users add their favorite websites to the iOS Home Screen.

You can now add web apps to your iPhone or iPad using Google Chrome

As noted by Chris Messina, the latest update to Google Chrome for iOS provides an option that lets users add web apps to the Home Screen. This means that anyone can now save a website for quick access on the Home Screen without having to leave Chrome and use Safari. Previously, this option was restricted to Apple’s web browser.

“You can now add URLs or Progressive Web Apps to your home screen,” the release notes for this week’s update said. Of course, this requires the latest version of Google Chrome for iOS and also a device running iOS 16.4 or later – as previous versions of the operating system don’t have this API.

When a web app is added to the iOS Home Screen, you can open and use it as if it were a regular app, which means you won’t be redirected to open it in Safari, Google Chrome, or another web browser. With iOS 16.4 or later, these web apps can also provide you with push notifications, just like native apps.

Apple has been putting a lot of effort into finally embracing web apps. With macOS Sonoma, which is available as beta software and will be officially released later this year, Mac users can also save websites as web apps using Safari. Some believe these changes are an attempt by

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