New EU Laws Put Apple Into Corner: Company May Have to Change Apps Like Facetime and iMessage

    Apple often comes up with accusations of cheating on competition in the European market and violating EU rules. However, with the new regulations prepared by the EU to put a stop to this situation, Apple seems to have to play a fairer game.

    Apple, one of the world’s largest technology companies, has been in trouble with the European Union (EU) for a while. Previously, the European Commission accused the company of violating EU rules, saying that Apple made the applications in the App Store available for its own benefit, and then the future of new regulations to prevent the situation was on the agenda.

    Now, due to these regulations, Apple seems to have to make changes in many of its applications. According to the European Union’s proposal on the subject, the company will have to make adjustments to its applications such as the App Store, iMessage and FaceTime.

    Apple’s competitive game in the European market will become more ‘fair’

    New EU Laws Put Apple Into Corner

    Last March, EU regulators provisionally approved the Digital Markets Act (DMA); It was stated that with the law, various restrictions would be applied on technology giants aiming to increase competition. According to MacRumors, which reviewed a leaked document that appeared on 13 April and was said to be the ‘final version’ of the DMA, the EU plans to enact a series of changes to make competition in Europe fairer, including some previously unannounced obligations.

    According to these new regulations, Apple may have to allow its users to download applications from the Internet or third-party application markets on iOS. However, under the regulation, Apple may have no choice but to allow app developers to use their chosen in-app payment system. As you know, among the accusations against Apple, it is stated that the company has an unfair attitude towards applications such as Spotify, which can compete with its own applications in the App Store for its own interests; however, this situation can be avoided with these new regulations and Apple may have no choice but to play a fairer game in the European market.

    More recent changes to the DMA indicate that there may be regulations regarding browser engine interoperability and gateway control. This means that companies can be prevented from forcing developers to use a particular browser engine. For example, Apple requires all iOS browsers to use the WebKit platform; however, this requirement may be eliminated with new regulations.

    Companies must comply with new regulations by 2024

    Additionally, the DMA offers includes provisions that may require companies to ensure their messaging, voice calling and video calling apps work with competing services and include end-to-end encryption. This may affect iMessage and FaceTime; However, the details of how this regulation will work exactly are not clear for now.

    However, the DMA also includes a change that requires companies to offer their users the option to use a third-party assistant voice and sections to prevent companies from imposing their own apps and services on rankings or search results.

    According to the antitrust law blog The Platform, the leaked version of the DMA requires tech giants to comply with new regulations by  2024.

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