In a significant change for Apple’s iPhone, the subsequent iteration of the working system — iOS 14, coming this fall — will let customers set third-party e mail and browser apps because the defaults, rather than Apple’s personal mail and Safari browser apps.
In Apple’s almost two-hour keynote Monday in the course of the digital 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference, executives didn’t point out that as among the many new options for iOS 14, which incorporates an array of latest usability and privateness enhancements.
During the WWDC20 presentation, it was introduced that the subsequent iPad working methods (iPadOS 14) would assist the power to change default e mail and browsers apps. It seems that the identical can be true for iOS 14. In a listing of options for iOS 14, as noticed by Engadget, Apple confirmed that can be an choice for iPhone customers: “Set a default web browser and email app that launch when you click a link or want to compose a new mail message.”
That means, for instance, with iOS 14, an iPhone person may set Google’s Gmail or Microsoft’s Outlook because the default e mail program, or Firefox or Chrome because the browser. The iOS 14 working system can be launched this fall as a free software program replace for iPhone 6s fashions and later.
It’s not clear whether or not Apple might permit customers to set different third-party apps because the defaults — like setting Spotify to be the default music participant as an alternative of Apple Music, or switching to Google Podcasts as an alternative of Apple Podcasts. Apple representatives declined to touch upon whether or not this was within the plans.
The transfer comes as Apple has been beneath rising criticism for allegedly anticompetitive conduct with respect to the App Store and the way it does enterprise with app builders. Last week, the European Union formally opened an antitrust investigation into Apple’s App Store enterprise practices, together with its 30% “tax” on all transactions and requiring apps to use the in-app buying system. The EU probe follows a grievance final yr from Spotify. The regulator is also trying into Apple Pay.
A Bloomberg report earlier this yr mentioned Apple was “considering giving rival apps more prominence on iPhones and iPads” by letting them set third-party default apps for mail and net shopping, in addition to “opening its HomePod speaker to third-party music services after criticism the company provides an unfair advantage to its in-house products.”