Apple's iOS 17 Might Set The Stage For Sideloading Apps on iPhone
Historically, Apple executives have staunchly opposed sideloading citing privacy and security reasons.
"Apple is working to overhaul the software to open up the iPhone to sideloading — the downloading of apps outside of its official store — to comply with new European regulations by next year."
"EU’s Digital Market Act (DMA) will come into effect in 2024. The act forces big tech companies to allow alternative app stores on their platforms, so developers have a choice when it comes to app distribution and users have the choice of downloading apps from different sources."
"It’s unclear if Apple is planning to allow sideloading with iOS 17 or if Apple is just making some changes at the operating system level to enable this possibility at some point down the road."
"We might see some announcement related to that at the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June."