There is a lot of talk about Apple and iOS and many have said that the experience is like a walled garden. This is because there are a lot of restrictions as to what we can do on an iPhone. However, we are now starting to see some considerations being made by Apple as to if they should lift some of those restrictions. If you are an iPhone user, you would know that Apple does not allow you to set third-party apps as your default applications.
So if we take an example of your default email or browser app, you would see that the Apple Mail app and Safari are set as defaults respectively. But the thing that annoys some people is that they can’t change these default apps even if they want. A new report now reveals that there is a consideration going on inside Apple. This is about allowing third-party apps to be set as default which means that you can set Google’s Chrome and Gmail as your defaults.
However, it is worth noting that nothing is concrete just yet and these are just considerations from Apple’s part. But Bloomberg reports that the company is “considering” these plans for iOS 14 which means that the upcoming version of iOS might have the changes. If this is indeed true, we will see a big shift in Apple’s strategy. The main reason behind this strategy shift is to allow Homepod users with more listening options who are currently restricted to Apple’s Music service.
These changes could also be announced at Apple’s annual developer conference, the WWDC 2020, which will be held later this year. This is also Apple’s way of addressing some lawsuit complaints which accuse the company of not allowing its users the freedom of using apps they want as default.
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