Apple has revealed the deadline for receiving updates from alternative stores in iOS 17.4, if the user leaves the borders of the EU

Apple has revealed the deadline for receiving updates from alternative stores in iOS 17.4, if the user leaves the borders of the EU

Apple has revealed the timeframe during which it will be possible to get updates for previously installed apps from alternative iPhone stores in iOS 17.4 if the user leaves the EU. This will happen after a 30-day grace period.

Apple explained that EU users will be able to continue using apps from alternative iOS stores during long trips. If they leave the EU for more than 30 days, they will not be able to update third-party apps installed on their iPhone until they return to the EU.

Apple also explained that in the event of leaving the EU, iOS 17.4 users will be able to continue using alternative app stores to manage previously installed apps. However, users must be located in the European Union to install new alternative stores or new third-party apps from previously installed third-party sites.

For the operation of third-party application stores, one of these countries must be specified as an Apple ID country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania , Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or Sweden.

According to the provisions of the EU Digital Markets Act, in March, Apple is obliged to allow the download of iOS applications outside the App Store in the EU. Epic, MacWorld and Mobivention have already announced the launch of third-party stores.

In addition, iOS will automatically determine the location of the physical user — in iOS 16.2, the countryd system appeared, which checks the location based on GPS data, SIM cards, and Wi-Fi points around the device.

iOS 17.4 was released on March 5. In addition to changes regarding the ability to run alternative app stores, the OS allows developers to use the NFC module with any payment systems, not just Apple Pay. Also, in iOS 17.4 there was an opportunity to use third-party browser engines.

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