iOS 17.5 Beta Allows Apps To Be Installed Via Websites In The EU Starting Now

Apple confirmed recently that it would allow developers to offer their apps for download from their websites for the first time as part of its efforts to comply with the European Unions Digital Markets Act.

Now, it’s been confirmed that the recently released iOS 17.5 beta includes support for exactly that.

Apple made the iOS 17.5 beta available to developers yesterday with MacRumors reporting that the update adds the required APIs to make web-based installation of apps work.

However, developers who want to be able to offer such an option will need to jump through some hoops first.

To offer an app for download from a website in the European Union, developers need to meet specific criteria. Developers need to be a member of the Apple Developer Program for two continuous years or more and must have an app with more than one million first installs on iOS in the European Union in the prior year. Other requirements include submitting to Apple’s notarization process and publishing transparent data collection policies.

Again it’s important to remember that these changes only apply to people in the European Union but Apple’s iOS 17.4 update already added support for third-party app stores and more. This is all in an attempt to ensure that Apple does not fall foul of the DMA that came into force last month.

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