Apple can finally start letting users place their own standard apps in iOS amid criticism of pushing its own services
- iOS users can finally designate non-Apple apps for standard use
- This would allow automatic Safari or Apple Mail removal
- The plans are at an early stage, but can be rolled out in iOS 14
For the first time, Apple can allow iOS users to choose which apps their device uses by default.
According to a report from Bloomberg, in which “people familiar with the subject” are mentioned, the technology giant is considering letting its users determine which apps are used for iOS tasks such as email or web browsing.
That means that iOS would no longer be forced to use Apple-made apps such as Apple Mail to open emails or Safari to browse web pages, as has been the case since the operating system’s inception.
According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple can loosen the limitations on which apps can be classified as default values
Instead, users can designate Microsoft Outlook or Google’s Chrome web browser if they prefer.
In addition, the company is considering opening up its hardware such as its smart speaker, the Homepod, to use third-party services such as Spotify to play music. Apple Music is currently the standard for its Homepod.
If adopted, the move to allow more integration of apps would mean a major policy change for Apple.
It would also come at a time when claims that the company is engaged in antitrust and anti-competitive behavior have reached a record high.
Apple has recently begun to allow iOS users music on Spotify via voice commands, despite a prolonged resentment between the two companies.
Similarly, Apple’s decision to open up many of its functions meant a major turnaround to Spotify in a constant feud between the two companies, which Spotify has long held at the edge of some iOS capabilities.
Apple has long been spiky when it comes to third parties such as Spotify using features in iOS, including Siri. However, it has recently begun to integrate these apps over the past year
Spotify, which was launched a year after the release of the 2007 iPhone, previously filed antitrust complaints against Apple to the European Union and claimed that the technology giant was wrongly limiting competitors to its own Apple Music streaming service.
In addition to blocking Spotify for certain devices and functions such as the iPhone’s voice assistant, Siri, and Apple’s smart speaker, the Homepod, the company says it has been forced to face unfair financial and marketing restrictions with regard to the App Store from Apple.
Although the discussions to promote its policy on Apple’s own standard-use apps are at an early stage, Bloomberg believes they can be rolled out in the next major iOS update.
Bloomberg reports that iOS 14 could introduce the change and that the company usually introduces large software versions in June.
WHAT IS SPOTIFY?
Spotify is a streaming service for music, video and podcasts established on April 23, 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden.
With Spotify, users can create and customize their own playlists and browse content using parameters such as search by genre, artist, and album.
It compensates artists by paying royalties based on the number of streams that is proportional to the total number of streamed songs.
The company was founded by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon and officially launched on October 7, 2008.
Spotify is a streaming service for music, video and podcasts established on April 23, 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. With Spotify, users can create and customize their own playlists and browse content using parameters such as search by genre, artist, and album
It works with a “freemium” service model, which means that the basic functions are free with some restrictions and advertisements, while additional services are available through a paid subscription.
The service is available in most of North and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and some parts of Asia.
It is available on macOS, Windows and Linux computers, as well as on smartphones and tablets with Android, iOS and Windows.
Spotify currently has around 159 million users, 71 million of whom use paid subscription services.
Her revenue for fiscal year 2017, it is assumed to be around $ 4.99 billion (£ 3.63 billion).