Apple may soon allow you to set your own default apps on iOS and iPadOS

By Prakhar Khanna | Published on 21 Feb 2020
Apple may soon allow you to set your own default apps on iOS and iPadOS

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Apple may soon allow users to set third-party apps as the iPhone and iPad’s default web browsers and email clients.

Apple's devices currently ship with over 30 in-house apps installed.

Apple is yet to make an official comment on the report.

Apple is reportedly considering opening up iOS and iPadOS in order to allow its users to select their own default apps. The company may also be working on allowing third-party music services like Spotify to run directly on the HomePod smart speaker. The changes could arrive as soon as later this year with iOS 14 and an update to the HomePod’s firmware.

The latest development comes from a report from Bloomberg. According to the report, Apple may soon allow users to set third-party apps as the iPhone and iPad’s default web browsers and email clients. For reference, ever since the launch of the Apple App Store, the company has not allowed third-party apps to be used as default apps. Moreover, it raised concerns from lawmakers probing potential antitrust violations since it made it difficult for other developers to compete.

The company’s devices currently ship with over 30 in-house apps installed. While Apple giving its apps the extra advantage is not surprising, it can be a bit annoying at times. 

Apple is yet to make an official comment on the report. 

The report further goes on to say that Apple might also allow third-party music apps like Spotify and Pandora to play on its HomePods. As of now, users can only play music from these apps on a HomePod through AirPlay via another Apple device. To recall, last year, Spotify filed an official complaint with the European Commission against Apple for giving itself an unfair advantage. 

However, the whole thing is just a rumor, as of now. 

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