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Yep, Apple’s breaking iPhone web apps in the EU

iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max arranged on a metal background.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Apple is officially axing support for progressive web apps for iPhone users located in the European Union. While web apps have been broken for EU users in every iOS 17.4 beta so far, Apple has now confirmed that this is a feature, not a bug.

In an update to its developer website spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple says it’s removing homescreen apps for users in the EU because bringing them into compliance with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) would involve “an entirely new integration architecture” that’s “not practical” to build on top of the other changes it’s been forced to make. One of these changes requires Apple to let third-party browsers use their own engines on iOS.

In its post, Apple argues that web apps are built “directly on WebKit” —…

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