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Apple Will Open iPhone To Other App Stores, Lower Fees In Europe

Apple has unveiled a sweeping plan to tear down some of the competitive barriers that it has built around its lucrative iPhone franchise, but the new choices opening up to consumers and app developers will only be available within Europe to start, Michael Liedtke reported for the Associated Press (AP).


Apple for the first time will allow iPhone users in Europe to use app stores other than the company-operated one that comes installed on the mobile device. I Photo: Butz Flickr / Wikimedia Commons



The announcement Thursday comes as Apple moves to comply with upcoming European regulations aimed at giving consumers the choice to use alternative app stores and provide app developers with unprecedented avenues to avoid paying fees that have become a gold mine for the tech giant.


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The overhaul, scheduled to take effect in early March, will include concessions that Apple had previously refused to make in its app store, including lowering the fees it collects from developers in Europe.


Most notably, Apple for the first time will allow iPhone users in Europe to use app stores other than the company-operated one that comes installed on the mobile device.


Business: Business men in suite and tie in a work meeting in the office located in the financial district.

It will also enable developers to offer alternative payment systems that could help them make more money while potentially lowering their prices.


But Apple says it fears opening up the iPhone to outsiders will also increase the chances consumers venturing outside its proprietary system will be exposed to hackers and other security problems.




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