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Apple may let users set their own default apps

2020-02-21 18:25 by


The company is said to be considering allowing people to choose their default iOS apps for a broad number of tasks, including maps, web browsing and email, according to a Bloomberg report. This means you could potentially replace your iPhone's default Safari or Maps app with alternatives like Gmail and Google Maps.

While Apple's plans are not final, the changes could go into effect as soon as Apple's iOS 14 release later this year, which means they would likely be introduced during Apple's developer conference this June.

Currently, Apple devices treat the firm's own apps as the default in numerous ways: For example, when someone opens a web link sent on an iPhone, it automatically opens in Safari, Apple's proprietary web browser.

Apple embraced a closed ecosystem when it launched the Apple App Store in 2008. That benefited the company's bottom line and ensured a certain level of quality control over customers' experience using their iPhones and iPads. But over the years, increased pressure from regulators, developers and consumers has slowly but surely opened up Apple's walled garden of an operating system.

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