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Apple Reverses Decision on Home Screen Web Apps in the EU

Last month, Apple made a big announcement about removing Home Screen web apps in the European Union with the launch of iOS 17.4. But now, they've changed their minds.

What are Home Screen web apps?

Home Screen web apps, sometimes called progressive web apps or PWAs, are like mini-apps you can add to your phone's home screen from the web. They work just like regular apps but are based on web technology.

Why the Change?

At first, Apple said they had to remove Home Screen web apps to follow rules set by the Digital Markets Act in the EU. They were concerned about security and privacy with different web browsers.

The Backtrack

After facing criticism and concerns about limiting web app possibilities, Apple decided to keep Home Screen web apps in the EU. They realized people wanted to keep using them.

What Does This Mean?

Home Screen web apps will still work in the EU, just like before. They'll keep using WebKit, which is a tool for browsing the web, ensuring security and privacy.

Apple's Statement:

Apple acknowledges the requests to keep Home Screen web apps. They will continue supporting them in iOS for users and developers. Those affected by the initial changes can expect things to return to normal with iOS 17.4 in early March.

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