DMA Shatters Apple’s Closed Ecosystem: Uninstalling Safari on iPhone Now Possible

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Apple’s Upcoming Changes: Allowing EU iPhone Users to Uninstall Safari and Seamless Data Transfer

Apple, in compliance with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in the contact Union, has announced some significant changes for EU iPhone users. The tech giant recently shared a document detailing its plans.

Uninstalling Safari and Installing Alternative Browsers

By the end of 2024, iPhone users in the EU will have the freedom to uninstall Safari and install an alternative browser on their devices. Apple is developing a solution for seamless browser switching, enabling users to export and import data from one browser to another on the same device. Additionally, Apple now supports alternative web browser engines due to the DMA requirement.

Seamless Data Transfer between iPhone and Non-Apple Devices

Starting from fall 2025, Apple is working on more “user-friendly ways” of transferring data from an iPhone to a non-Apple device. This will allow users to switch smoothly between platforms, filling in the gaps left by existing solutions like Google’s “Data Transfer” app.

Interoperability between iPhone and Other Smartphones

Apple is also focusing on interoperability between the iPhone and other smartphone platforms. Third-party payment apps will be able to access the iPhone’s NFC chip for contactless payments, and developers in the EU can submit requests for additional interoperability for their apps. Each request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure compliance with the DMA guidelines and feasibility of development.

Exclusive Benefits for EU Users and Developers

These changes apply only to users and developers in the contact Union, where the DMA is applicable. No other countries or regions will receive these benefits unless there’s another law or a lawsuit mandating similar changes.