Europe is demanding more and more from the tech giants coming from the United States. The measures are related to practices related to the handling of user data on their platforms and the status of the products they sell in the territory. And the latter has to do with the news that is before you, which is that Europe could prohibit Apple from launching its terminals with pre-installed applications.
iPhones and iPads without branded apps
One of the things that many users require from some telephone companies is that they include pre-installed applications in the terminal. In the case of Android, there are some that even come from third parties for collaborations like the Samsung and Microsoft binomial. But in other cases, the applications come from the manufacturer itself, something that Europe doesn’t really see at all.
According to what 9to5Mac has, a law is being worked on that will prevent pre-installed apps on the iPhone. The text, still under development, is intended to give the companies every opportunity to eliminate the apps that the terminal comes from the factory-bitten apple. This is what the Cupertino company has already achieved in previous versions, but the truth is that the text wants to take it to the next level.
One way to avoid monopoly
One of the things Europe strives for is to give everyone the same opportunities. This is not only aimed at consumers, but also at manufacturers who have been singled out for monopolizing certain functions. And it is in this way that the Ancient Continent sees pre-installed iPhone apps as a way to prevent users from using other applications for themselves, because Apple’s “first came into their hands.”
Of course, in the App Store you will find numerous applications similar to the video editor that your tablet or smartphone has, a photo manager or even a word processor or sticky notes that you always have at hand. To make all this a reality, a stronger and more serious proposal is needed to convince the whole of Parliament and to adopt it afterwards.
Apple’s new measures
The iPhones of the future may come without apps pre-installed, but that’s where Apple is turning the tide. It is true that the company is very much offering its own software and only taking it out for its own services, but that is the number that is left to offer a good product. This doesn’t mean there are others that are the same or better and that’s why we’ve seen changes in iOS 14.
We’ve already mentioned some of them in recent weeks, such as including more predefined email services or putting your favorite internet browser on Safari.