Apple has confirmed to the European Union that it meets the definition of a so-called gatekeeper under the new DMA regulation, according to reports. Reuters.
In November last year, a new EU regulation on digital markets – DMA, or Digital Markets Act in English – came into force. The aim is to contribute to an open and fairer platform economy and to prevent behavior harmful to competition and consumers.
Seven IT giants confirm this
In particular, it is the largest companies, referred to as “gatekeepers”, who face new requirements under the new regulation.
All companies with more than 45 million monthly active users and a company value of more than €75 billion are eligible for gatekeeper status.
In addition to Apple, six tech giants have also confirmed that they meet the criteria. These are Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Meta (Facebook), Microsoft, Samsung and TikTok, according to Reuters.
The European Commission will now verify the data provided by the aforementioned companies, and then confirm the gatekeeper status by September 6. Companies will then have six months to comply with the Direct Market Access (DMA) rules.
iMessage should open
According to Reuters, gatekeepers will be required to open their messaging services so that users can send messages through the apps.
For Apple, this means that iMessage must be available on other platforms.
As of today, iMessage only works on iPhone. This causes regular text messages from Android users, for example, to appear as green speech bubbles, while messages sent via iMessage turn blue.
according to The Wall Street Journal This difference has led to young people in the US feeling pressured to buy an iPhone so they don’t end up abroad.
In addition to opening up messaging services, Apple will also have to allow apps to be downloaded outside the App Store, for example via third-party app stores or directly from creators’ websites.
Apple will have to allow developers to charge for their services outside of the App Store.
There have been rumors that Apple will open up so-called sideloading of apps as part of a future iOS 17 update during the beginning of next year, he writes. bloomberg.
iOS 17 is expected to launch in the fall along with the new iPhones.
Violations of direct market access regulations can result in fines of ten percent of the company’s annual turnover.
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