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Apple petitions US Government to scrap law that would let users sideload third-party apps

Apple could be forced to allow third-party app stores on its devices (image via Apple)
Apple could be forced to allow third-party app stores on its devices (image via Apple)
The US Government has drafted a bill that would force Apple to open up its devices to third-party app repositories. Apple has petitioned the Senate judiciary committee to reconsider it, citing privacy and security concerns.

So far, Apple has resisted pressure from the EU to fit iPhones sold in the region with a USB Type-C port. However, another quintessential Apple feature could be undone in the United States. A bipartisan law, if passed, will force Apple to let users sideload apps on their iPhones. As expected, Apple is up in arms against the legislation, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Apple has pled Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin and Republican Chuck Grassley to reconsider the law because of its security implications. It states that sideloading would allow bad actors to inject malicious code into iPhones, thereby undermining their security features. It is far too early to predict if the bill will be passed, as it has to pass through several bureaucratic hurdles.

It'll be interesting to see the aftermath of such legislation, provided it makes through the labyrinthine machinations of the United States government. While the law's jurisdiction will be limited to the United States, it will set a precedent for future lawsuits. It could result in some iPhones allowing users to sideload content and others blocking on a region-by-region basis.

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Anil Ganti, 2022-02- 3 (Update: 2022-02- 3)