learn all about the soon-to-be mandatory configuration

Very soon, iPhones should offer a “bare” experience to their users. In other words, all users will be able to delete apps like Photos or Messages, which are automatically installed when iOS is first launched. This is legislation currently limited to the European continent because it is enforced by regulators in Brussels. In the long term, the cases are even based on a text that obliges smartphone manufacturers not to pre-install their proprietary applications – in other words the iPhone will automatically be delivered “bare”, without internal applications. Users can then go through the App Store to install their browser of choice, media library of their choice, etc.

These requirements come from Digital Markets Act (DMA), approved by the European Commission a few weeks ago. Apple has already taken the time to update some of its policies in order to comply with the law: for example, it is possible, since iOS 17.4, to download third-party services without having to go through the App Store. This is a good way for small developers to avoid the 30% commission levied on every completed purchase by Apple. This is an approximate number. because we know some companies like Amazon have already given themselves a 50% discount.

In the sights of the authorities and the safari!

According to a new report from the European Union, Apple has yet to offer a clear enough choice for installing a browser. So when users turn on their iPhone for the first time, Cupertino doesn't clearly mention all the alternatives to Safari. To comply with the Digital Markets Act, the company should therefore explain to Internet users that they can, for example, choose: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Arc Search or even Vivaldi and Quiche Browser. However, it's hard to imagine how to name all the players in the field, but a quick lookup of the relevant App Store category could do the trick.

These rumors do not echo other rumors that have been published in the past. According to them, Safari could disappear from our iPhones before the end of the year… 2024! To justify it, Apple detailed its intentions in a press release. We specifically find that history could perhaps be transferred from Safari to another browser, but that remains to be proven.

Little impact on users?

As a general rule, however, let us remember that such pro-competitive innovations are rarely the subject of consumer attention. We know, for example, that the possibility download apps without going from the App Store (in other words: “sideloading”) isn't of interest to many people beyond strictly alternative publishers like Setapp from MacPaw.

Therefore, it's a safe bet that even if Photos, Messages, or even Safari leave the iPhones delivered to us in blister packs, users will continue to do so. install manually after opening the box. Apple could also, quite simply, include a little extra leaflet in the box of its iPhones, disclosing which apps are “recommended”. Because, let's remember: the law may mention the case of applications pre-installed on devices, but there seems to be a legal vacuum regarding possible physical and non-virtual media. Any lawyers among our readers? We will be happy to hear and share your opinion.

  • Bare iPhones with no pre-installed app could soon see the light of day
  • Therefore, Apple's Safari, Messages, or Photos could be manually downloaded from the App Store
  • It is the European Commission that enforces this, through the recently enacted Digital Markets Act.
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