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  • Matthew Spencer - Tech Journalist

The EU Apple App Store crackdown may trigger cyber-attacks across the ecosystem

The EU crackdown is quite regular for technology trends as they help keep the big tech grounded. We heard of the regulations to give iOS developers multiple sources of income by implementing links within the App Store. Even though Apple denied this many times, in the end, they must follow the regulations of the EU legislators.

The concise manner of the European Union (EU) is to allow developers to work free from Apple's boundaries. Same facilities are already available for Google Play Store developers. Also, customers of the apps have the freedom to use services from developer sources directly. It gives them the freedom to develop more unique applications and multiple sources of revenue. Now Apple takes around 30 per cent fee from the App Store developers and 15 per cent for developers who earn more than $1 million in sales. The rest are free compared to Android, around $25 for publishing the first application. Additionally, they are charged 15 per cent for in-app purchases, raised to 30 per cent when they make over a million dollars. It is pretty flexible, along with the option to download from third party sources.

According to the expert panels, the big techs should embrace the "security by PlayStation" approach. Apple's ecosystem binds users into their products and only to their products. If you own one of the Apple-branded techs, it pairs best with another same branded product. Also, the seamless software across the ecosystem is already enough to bind users. At a software level, the apps are critical to this binding. While security researchers on the Apple team say that the ecosystem will lose its security if the regulations are implemented. Apple is best known for their privacy and security. At least, that is how they market their products. But having the flexibility to download applications from user-defined sources is a no brainer. If there is a way to manage it securely, Apple should find it. If not, then the best use case will come forward. But no more monopoly on the App Store, and it is gaining serious momentum among regulators.

It is not the first blow the company is receiving from international regulators. When the Chinese government was pushing US tech giants out of the region a few months back, Apple was the last to remain there. They had to comply with rules governed by the national leaders. As the US and Canada forced Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers out of business in the states, it was the response from the Chinese side. Even though Apple remains a popular tech brand worldwide, it is silently taking the blows along with the bags of cash.

To keep the business afloat and expand on Steve Jobs's dreams, Cook received $750 million in bonuses. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a report the Cook's compensation. On the contrary, Cook's company is strict on child abuse detecting systems on iCloud, which got a fair amount of praise. But the blessing comes at a cost. The tech giant might have to open the stronghold sooner than later. Cybersecurity research officer Mikko Hyppönen said he is "not a big fan of the regulation," as "the arbitrary executables" can bring malware and other malicious tools into your device. CEO Tim Cook also reflected the same idea that the Apple ecosystem wouldn't be the same if they enabled an option for third party software installations. But for, advanced users and people who want to get the most out of their expensive Apple gadgets are not happy about the conversations.

But as we speak, paperwork's already moving between buildings. Mails are sent to offices. The legislation may open up the dominant practice around Apple products.


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