It’s been expected for a while, but it looks like Apple may finally start supporting the feature that’s already allowed on Android smartphones. A new report claims that Apple will use its annual WWDC developer conference in June to reveal support for side-loading apps for the upcoming iOS 17 update.
The report from Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, says the new feature will be Apple’s attempt to comply with approval of the European Union’s Digital Markets Act passed in 2022. That law requires devices like the iPhone to allow third-party apps to be installed. The law adds that those devices must meet the requirements by March 2024. Obviously, this will be a huge sea change for iPhone owners, who were only able to download apps through Apple’s app store.
Bloomberg also claims that Apple will still officially announce its long-in-progress mixed reality headset at WWDC 2023. Recent unconfirmed reports claim the headset has had production delays, but Bloomberg says it will still get a big reveal at the conference, even though it may not sell out until the end. 2023.
The report says we could also see some new MacBook laptop models at WWDC and that the next watchOS update could see some significant interface changes for Apple Watch owners when it’s introduced at the conference.