iOS 17.5 allows apps to be installed directly from websites

The beta version of iOS 17.5 is here and promises a long-awaited feature: the ability to upload applications directly from authorized developer websites.

When Apple presented its plans to comply with the EU Digital Markets Act, initially only sideloading via authorized alternative app stores was possible. However, regulators did not agree with this implementation and urged Apple to also support downloads from websites, and the company promised to do this via an update.

Some code references suggest that iOS 17.5 enables website sideloading. However, it is not possible to load an application from a website. as Apple continues to require strict security and permissions checks.

Developers must accept new EU trading conditions that allow them to create third-party app stores. To do this, they must have participated in the developer program for at least two years and have an app with more than one million installs per year.

Alternatively, Apple requires a standby letter of credit for one million euros and two years in the developer program.

The first beta version of iOS 17.5 was released today, Tuesday April 2nd, with minimal changes visible to users such as: B. Changes to the Podcasts app widget. The release is not expected to take place until the end of April or beginning of May.

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