Apple Considers Letting Users Set Default Apps on iPhone, iPad, HomePod [Report]

Apple Considers Letting Users Set Default Apps on iPhone, iPad, HomePod [Report]

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Apple is considering whether or not to let users set third party apps as default on the iPhone, iPad and HomePod, reports Bloomberg. This would include the ability to replace Safari, Mail, and Music with alternative applications like Chrome, Outlook, and Spotify.

Since launching the App Store in 2008, Apple hasn’t allowed users to replace pre-installed apps such as these with third-party services. That has made it difficult for some developers to compete, and has raised concerns from lawmakers probing potential antitrust violations in the technology industry.

Apple is likely weighing the change following a U.S. House of Representatives antitrust panel hearing last year where lawmakers questioned Apple about its closed system that prohibits users from setting third party apps as default. Additionally, Spotify has filed an antitrust complaint to the EU alleging unfair business practices that disadvantage the company as it competes with Apple Music.

Spotify noted that it was unable to run on the HomePod and couldn't act as the default music player in Siri. Sources say Apple is now working to allow third party music services on HomePod and discussing the possibility of allowing competing music services to become the default for Siri.

While final decisions haven't been made, if Apple does allow users to set default apps the change could appear in iOS 14. Apple will likely unveil the next major update to iOS at WWDC in June.

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Apple Considers Letting Users Set Default Apps on iPhone, iPad, HomePod [Report]

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