Apple is all set to once again bring the iPhone to a position where it can be allowed to install apps outside of the App Store.
The move could come as soon as the iOS 17 update will be shown to developers at WWDC on June 5.
Writing in a weekly newspaper power on Mark Gurman of the newsletter Bloomberg says that iOS 17 is going to lay the groundwork for sideloading, something that Apple is being forced to do by new European regulations.
And iOS 17 itself will make some noise outside of WWDC. Apple is working to overhaul the iPhone’s software to open it up to sideloading — downloading apps outside of its official store — to comply with new European regulations by next year.
Currently, iPhones can only install apps and games through the App Store, but sideloading is now said to be coming to the platform for the first time.
Sideloading will allow people to install apps and games without going through the App Store, though it’s unclear what security and privacy measures Apple might put in place to ensure user safety.
Apple is expected to announce the iOS 17 software during an event on June 5 and then make the update immediately available in beta form. It will then be released to the public in or around September assuming Apple follows the normal release cadence we’ve seen in previous years.
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