Apple’s default apps could soon be banned as the US Congress proposes several antitrust bills to track giant tech companies’ market dominance issues.
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Two of these bills are now ready for vote. However, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has yet to schedule the necessary vote.
If these two bills make it through the Senate, chances are that Apple’s default apps will be banned. In recent years, the iPhone maker has been criticized for having pre-installed its applications.
While there’s a good chance that both bills will pass, experts said Apple has its own tactic to encourage users to install its iOS apps.
Default Apple Apps Ban Could Happen
According to the latest report from 9To5Mac, once the US government banned iOS apps by default, Apple can no longer preinstall its own apps on iPhones.
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This means consumers will have more options. For example, if you buy a new iOS smartphone, you will have to choose from the Internet browsers provided.
These include Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera and Safari. This also goes for other types of apps, such as music and map apps.
In addition to that, you can also install other apps that are not from the official Apple App Store. Now, if this scenario ever really happens, here’s what the tech giant could do.
Will Apple use pop-up warning messages?
MacWorld reported that Apple recently announced that Netflix subscribers can already use other payment methods.
Since Apple no longer controls how the streaming service pays on iOS devices, it uses pop-up warning messages to persuade consumers.
Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic Games, criticized this decision by Apple.
“Although Netflix is escaping Apple’s 30% revenue tax, Apple is imposing a new tax – the tax ‘scaring off customers by making all competing payment processors look unreliable,'” a said Sweeney via his official. Twitter account.
Although Netflix escapes Apple’s 30% revenue tax, Apple imposes a new tax – the tax to “scare customers by making all competing payment processors look unreliable”. Shame on Apple for this horrible fraud. https://t.co/VUDkVsrFvQ
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) July 25, 2022
Chances are Apple will do this with its iOS apps as well if the US government ever bans them.
On the other hand, Apple has announced that developers can now increase iOS app subscription fees.
Meanwhile, two Apple features have allegedly been used by scammers to bypass the official Apple App Store.
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