Only in Europe is only in Europe: alternative app stores will stop working on the iPhone if you travel

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The update to iOS 17.4 is now available, and although it is not a massive update, as we expect from iOS 18, it did bring with it one of the most important changes in the history of the iPhone and the App Store: Starting with this version of the operating system, it is possible to download and install applications on the iPhone from outside the App Store.

This change comes because Apple must comply with the regulations of the Digital Markets Law (DMA) in the European Union. The question that many of us have asked ourselves is, what happens if I travel outside of Europe? Or if, for example, a tourist travels to Spain and buys an iPhone while he is in the country?

If you are not in Europe you will not have access to alternative app stores

Apple has implemented certain restrictions for downloading applications from sources external to the App Store. For example, one of the most important is that it is not possible to download apps from web pages and other sources (as is possible on Android and even macOS), but rather the apps must be available on what Apple calls ‘alternative app stores’.

The company also assured that there is the possibility of downloading apps from alternative stores It will only be available in Europedo not plan to bring this change to the rest of the world since, they explain, “this is not the safest system for our users, with a greater risk of malware, fraud, scams and illegal content.”

But beyond not bringing alternative stores to other territories, Apple will directly block this change in other countries. This has been confirmed by Apple in a support website:

“If you travel outside the European Union for a short time, you will continue to have access to alternative app stores for a period of time. But If you are gone for a long time, you will lose access to some featuresincluding the possibility of using alternative stores.”

Apple ensures that the applications we download from these alternative stores they will continue to workbut they cannot be updated through the alternative store from which they were downloaded.

The users They will only be able to access alternative stores if they are physically located in the European Union, the iPhone locally verifies the location of the device (that is, this location is not shared with Apple). Additionally, the user’s Apple ID account must have the region as one of the eligible countries: Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Countries Netherlands, Poland and the rest of the EU.

This is something to keep in mind if you plan to travel outside of Europe for an extended period of time, or if you are a traveler thinking of purchasing an iPhone in European territory. The iPhone is the same one that is available everywhere, what changes is the possibility of accessing these alternative app stores.

Via | 9to5Mac

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