iOS 17 may reportedly be the first version of Apple’s mobile operating system to allow sideloading. In other words, iPhone users will be able to download and install apps outside of the official app store without the need to jailbreak their phone.

According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple will reveal iOS 17 at the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. He claimed that the Cupertino company may reveal at the event its plans on reworking its mobile operating system to support sideloading.

Gurman previously suggested in December 2022 the possibility of Apple allowing app sideloading on iPhones.

Apple has been historically against sideloading. In 2021, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said that sideloading would break the iPhone’s security and privacy model. Pressure from the European Union has however forced the company to consider opening up its walled garden.

Specifically, the EU Digital Markets Act took effect in November 2022 and mandated companies to give third parties access to their platforms and services. Apple, like other designated “gatekeeper” companies, has no choice but to comply.

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