Apple is rowing back: Progressive web apps are part of iOS 17.4 again

This week it should be available for compatible iPhones Update to iOS 17.4 give. This is particularly important in the EU, because Apple will be implementing some of the requirements of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) here for the first time. This includes the ability to download apps from alternative apps stores. Payment for apps or in-app purchases can also be regulated externally. Another big change: in addition to WebKit, other browser engines are now also permitted. And that's exactly why Apple stopped supporting progressive web apps. Now, however, things are backtracking. They can still be used via Safari and WebKit, but not via others Browser.

Web apps on the iPhone home screen are now retained. After being removed in the last iOS 17.4 beta, they are now being added back. However, only for use with the Safari engine WebKit. Alternative browser engines cannot be used for web apps on the home screen.
Web apps on the iPhone home screen are now retained. After being removed in the last iOS 17.4 beta, they are now being added back. However, only for use with the Safari engine WebKit. Alternative browser engines cannot be used for web apps on the home screen.

Web apps placed on the home screen are retained

With programs and tools that can be executed via the web in the browser, some iPhone offers can be implemented without the developers having to go through the difficult path via the App Store. By placing your website offers on the home screen (here the instructions for it) these can be used largely without the Safari interface and therefore almost like real apps, including some access to iOS services and hardware (camera, microphone, etc., if desired).

As reported on Friday, the use of so-called progressive web apps (PWA) should be abolished in the EU from iOS 17.4. Apple justified this with security concerns regarding alternative browser engines, such as Chrome, Firefox and other browser apps. But there seems to have been so much headwind that Apple is now rowing back. The progressive web apps should therefore be retained, but only implemented via Safari and WebKit. They should not be able to be created and used via other browsers and their engines.

This week: Update to iOS 17.4 and new Apple devices

Since the deadline for implementing the EU requirements is slowly approaching, Apple will probably publish its new operating system updates during the week. If necessary, this Monday or tomorrow Tuesday. At the same time, according to current reports, there will be no March keynote - but the expected device and accessory announcements will be made via press releases and individual videos. These are also expected in the coming days. You can find everything about this topic here: No March event, but new Apple announcements this week?

If you are interested in the changes announced for developers in the EU version of iOS 17.4 and want to read about the details of the iPhone update, then take a look at this page. The screenshot above also comes from this. In addition to the topics mentioned, the developer subpage of Apple's website also deals with contactless payment. The upcoming iPhone update will make this possible for alternative payment apps and wallets. So anyone who wants to use alternatives to Apple Pay will soon have an easier option. There is a Q&A at the bottom of the page, which is where the above image comes from.

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