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Apple refutes claims that iOS 17.4 changes violate DMA

Apple has responded to criticism from companies like Meta, Epic Games, and Spotify, who claim that the changes Apple made to its iOS 17.4 operating system in order to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) do not go far enough.

Apple says it complies with DMA :

Apple’s lawyer, Kyle Andeer, told the European Commission that the company had “put the user at the center” of its changes, and that it had complied with the DMA.

“We first made sure that we complied with the law,” Andeer said. “Then we did it in a way that was consistent with our values… I think we have achieved that goal.”

Apple’s changes to iOS 17.4 include:

Allowing users to sideload apps from outside the App Store
Allowing developers to use third-party payment systems
Allowing users to set default apps for things like browsers and email

Criticism of Apple’s changes:

Meta, Epic Games, and Spotify have all criticized Apple’s changes, saying that they do not go far enough. They argue that Apple still has too much control over its ecosystem, and that it is making it difficult for developers to compete with Apple’s own apps.

EU to decide whether Apple complies with DMA:

The European Commission will now decide whether Apple’s changes to iOS 17.4 comply with the DMA. If the Commission finds that Apple has not complied with the DMA, it could face a fine of up to 10% of its global annual turnover.

Apple’s response to criticism:

Apple has responded to the criticism by saying that it is committed to complying with the DMA. The company has also said that it is confident that its changes to iOS 17.4 do comply with the DMA.

The future of the DMA:

The DMA is a new law that is designed to create a more level playing field for digital companies in the European Union. It is still too early to say how the DMA will be enforced, or what impact it will have on the tech industry.

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