Apple is under great regulation by the European Union and the conflict around compliance (or not) with the Digital Markets Law that we have talked so much about in the last year. This Law has forced Apple to drastically change your business model in the European Union including major changes. These changes came especially in the iOS 17.4 update for the iPhone. However, the EU took a step further last April forcing Apple to include those same functions in the iPad in a maximum time of six months. And it seems that Apple has made a move and has promoted these developments inside beta 2 for iPadOS 18 developers and whose final version will be released in the month of September or October.

iPadOS 18 beta 2 meets EU requirements

The European Union already informed Apple in April that would have to include all changes introduced in iOS on the iPad through an iPadOS software update. In fact, the EU gave Apple six months of margin to reevaluate the situation and if it did not comply with the requests, a million-dollar fine would be imposed for not complying with the Digital Markets Law that we have talked so much about.


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Europe forces the iPad to also have alternative stores

Just yesterday, Apple released the second beta for developers of iPadOS 18 and it was in this version that Features that were introduced in iOS 17.4 have been introduced. These features include support for alternative stores, changes to app distribution through places other than the App Store, and changes to alternative browser engines. This announcement was made through the official website:

Changes for apps in the European Union (EU), currently available to iOS users in all 27 EU member countries, can now be tested in iPadOS 18 beta 2 with Xcode 16 beta 2.

Additionally, the Web Browser Engine Rights Addendum for Apps in the EU and the Embedded Browser Engine Rights Addendum for Apps in the EU now include iPadOS. If you have already signed any of these addendums, be sure to sign the updated terms.

With this move, Apple fulfills its intention to comply with European legislation and removes the fine for breaking the law in these terms. It is likely that the final version of iPadOS 18 will be released around September or October with a public beta accessible to everyone in July.