Mozilla called Apple’s new rules for other browsers in the EU “the most painful” for Firefox

Mozilla called Apple’s new rules for other browsers in the EU “the most painful” for Firefox

Apple has introduced new rules for third-party browsers on iOS in the European Union to comply with local laws. However, Mozilla criticized them.

In iOS 17.4, Apple will no longer force browsers to use WebKit, the underlying engine of Safari. This change opens the door for other popular engines, such as Blink, which is used by Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, and Gecko for Firefox. In addition, third-party browsers can now work with all features without being limited by the WebKit framework.

However, Mozilla spokesman Damiano DeMonte said the company was “extremely disappointed” by Apple’s actions. “We’re still working through the technical details, but are extremely disappointed by Apple’s proposed plan to limit the recently announced BrowserEngineKit to EU-specific applications,” he says. According to DeMonte, this means that “Firefox will have to be built and maintained in two separate implementations,” and that burden will fall on Mozilla developers.

“Apple’s offerings don’t give consumers a viable choice, making it as painful as possible for others to provide competitive alternatives to Safari,” DeMonte added.

Previously, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney compared Apple’s new terms to a “horror show,” while Spotify dismissed the changes as a “farce.” The company’s recommendations are still pending approval by the EU Commission.

It was previously reported that Apple is preparing to split the App Store into two parts so that users from Europe will have their own app store with their own rules.

The day before, the company published on its blog a detailed description of what features will appear for users from Europe in iOS 17.4. Apple will open third-party stores and APIs for their creation, add support for third-party browser engines, the ability to pay for embedded purchases with external links and use the NFC chip for contactless payments outside the Apple Pay system.

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