The British authorities followed the footsteps of the European Union and approved a bill aimed at making the digital platforms market more competitive. This bill specifically targets Apple and its App Store.

The bill states that platform holders could be banned from favoring their own apps and from "applying discriminatory policies to certain users." In other words, if the initiative takes effect, Apple would have to allow UK residents to install apps on iOS from sources other than the App Store.

The bill also includes fines of up to 10% of the company's annual turnover for violators.

Japan Times reports that a similar bill is currently being considered in Japan, which also requires Apple and Google to add more payment methods to their app stores.


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