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Here’s every European country set to benefit from Apple’s sweeping App Store changes

Apple yesterday detailed how it plans to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) by formally allowing alternative app marketplaces other than the App Store and more with iOS 17.4 once it launches in March.

Most of the changes the company announced yesterday will only apply to the 27 member states of the EU. Below, we outline the full list of countries to receive external app marketplaces, reduced app download commissions through the App Store and elsewhere, and default third-party web browsers.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Apple also announced that it will allow banks and other financial institutions in Europe to access the iPhone’s NFC chip, allowing them to develop Apple Pay rivals. These changes not only apply to the EU but also to the EEA. The European Economic Area includes the 27 member states of the Union but also adds three countries namely Norway, Iceland, and Lichtenstein. Banks in those three countries will be able to access the iPhone’s NFC chip, but other App Store changes are exclusive to EU nations.

None of the changes will apply to the United Kingdom, which officially left the EU and the EEA in January 2020. Switzerland will also not be subjected to any of Apple’s policy updates since the country is not part of the EU or the EEA but is only part of Europe’s single market.

However, those two countries will be able to make use of Apple’s decision to allow game streaming apps on the App Store, with that change effective worldwide.

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Here’s every European country set to benefit from Apple’s sweeping App Store changes

Apple yesterday detailed how it plans to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) by formally allowing alternative app marketplaces other than the App Store and more with iOS 17.4 once it launches in March.

Most of the changes the company announced yesterday will only apply to the 27 member states of the EU. Below, we outline the full list of countries to receive external app marketplaces, reduced app download commissions through the App Store and elsewhere, and default third-party web browsers.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Apple also announced that it will allow banks and other financial institutions in Europe to access the iPhone’s NFC chip, allowing them to develop Apple Pay rivals. These changes not only apply to the EU but also to the EEA. The European Economic Area includes the 27 member states of the Union but also adds three countries namely Norway, Iceland, and Lichtenstein. Banks in those three countries will be able to access the iPhone’s NFC chip, but other App Store changes are exclusive to EU nations.

None of the changes will apply to the United Kingdom, which officially left the EU and the EEA in January 2020. Switzerland will also not be subjected to any of Apple’s policy updates since the country is not part of the EU or the EEA but is only part of Europe’s single market.

However, those two countries will be able to make use of Apple’s decision to allow game streaming apps on the App Store, with that change effective worldwide.

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Omar Moharram

Omar is Senior Editor at Supercharged and an Apple devotee since his early teens. He graduated with a computer engineering degree in 2022, which aids him in his technical content writing. Outside of work, he can often be found critiquing music or a film, or tinkering with a bass.

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