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Apple faces probe for killing iPhone web apps in EU

The price for being petulant

Apple could be in hot water over its decision to scrap iPhone web apps in the European Union, the Financial Times reports.

The European Commission has asked Apple and app makers for more information to help investigate, which is not a good sign.

European Commission spokesperson Lea Zuber said the Commission was looking at the rules of all gatekeepers, including Apple.

“We’re especially looking into the issue of web apps and can confirm sending the requests for info to Apple and to app makers, who can give useful info for our check.”

For those who came in late, Job’s Mob acted like a spoilt child when the EU told them it could not beat up web developers and steal their lunch money.  Earlier this month, Apple said it would stop supporting iPhone web apps in the EU in iOS 17.4. Instead of working as separate apps with storage and the ability to send alerts, web apps in the EU will work more like links.

Apple claimed this was because of the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), which allows Apple full support for other browsers — not just Safari’s WebKit.

Apple claimed that adding web app support for other browsers would require the company to build “a whole new system,” which it says “was impossible to do given the other demands of the DMA.”

The company also says “very low user use” and possible security risks are reasons for the change.

Apple traditionally claims that anything it does not want to do poses a security risk when it usually means a financial risk.

App makers are fighting back on the end of web apps. Open Web Advocacy, a nonprofit group that supports the open web, is surveying to see how the change will affect makers.

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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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