EU law on digital markets is beginning to approach its final form. Macrumors claims to have obtained a leaked draft of the “final” legal text, and many of the rules that have been discussed in recent years and can affect Apple greatly are included.
If the law becomes a reality as in the draft, Apple will first be forced to open iOS for installing apps outside the App Store. As it looks, Apple will be able to do as on Mac OS default settings where apps must be cryptographically signed.
Apple (and Google) must also ensure that all bundled apps can be uninstalled, they must not give preference to their own apps and services, and they must allow developers to use their own payment solutions in their apps.
The bill also contains the rules we have reported on previously which will force companies with large messaging platforms that there is some interoperability between the messaging platforms and voice and video calling, but according to Macrumors, it is still unclear exactly what this will mean for services like Imessage and Facetime.
A late addition to the law requires manufacturers to allow users to choose alternative voice-controlled assistants. This could mean that Apple has to ask European Iphone customers if they want to install and use Google Assistant instead of Siri. It is unclear whether EU lawmakers also expect third-party assistants to be given the same control over system functions as a manufacturer’s own assistant – something Apple would certainly oppose.