EU developers can start testing app marketplaces and apps that will not be distributed on the App Store

Apple has recently implemented significant amendments to comply with Digital marketing act (DMA) in European union (EU). During these changes, the firm no longer expect from developers to use WebKit as the browser engine for their web browsers beginning with iOS 17.4 which implies that developers are free to use alternative browser engines in the web. With the latest updates, Developers can now submit external apps and alternate app stores through App Store Connect, as part of Apple’s contentious plans to comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act.

Apple is already taking steps to allow developers to start testing their apps and markets in anticipation of the EU DMA taking effect in March 2024. According to documentation on Apple’s developer website, developers can configure everything using App Store Connect and its API.

Developers can create software marketplaces to rival the software Store if they comply with Apple’s new regulations in the EU. Apps that wish to exist outside of Apple’s App Store or that are otherwise prohibited from existing by Apple policy will be available in these shops.

With the latest updates to App Store Connect and its API, developers may now set up marketplace distribution and marketplace apps. Apple’s TestFlight software can be used to test these apps and marketplaces. Applications can make use of external linking, alternative payment processors, and the new alternative browser engines when they are submitted for testing.

Additionally, Apple provides online laboratories and consultations for those who require assistance in getting started or comprehending the changes. Despite Apple’s evident dislike for the DMA, developers get access to over 600 additional APIs.

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