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Apple may be banned from pre-installing iOS apps in the US

A series of bills are being pushed in the US Congress that would change the way Apple preloads first-party apps on iPhone and iPad, not only allowing users to delete them, but also banning Apple from pre-installing them in the first place.

According to SlashGear , pre-installed apps have always been a point of contention in the mobile world . On Android, they are derisively called bloatware for taking up storage space even though they don’t provide any value that users really want. While the situation isn’t that bad considering iOS, it has a different character, where Apple is accused of monopolizing the app market by putting its own apps on the device by default.

This means new iPhone owners are less likely to try app alternatives from Apple even if they know there are other downloadable options available. As the creator of both the iPhone and iOS, Apple has the advantage of being able to decide which apps come pre-installed on each device. This practice makes the technology world think that Apple has engaged in anticompetitive behavior, so the 5 antitrust bills that the US Congress is considering could make this no longer happen.

One bill would ban Apple from pre-installing apps with competing alternatives on the App Store. Another bill would prevent Apple from blocking users when they want to completely remove any pre-installed apps installed on their devices. Since iOS 12, Apple has allowed users to delete pre-installed apps.

Reportedly in the European Union (EU), Apple is also fighting another war over iOS applications. The proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA) would force the company to allow the download or installation of apps outside of the App Store. While this will open up the iOS ecosystem similar to Android, Apple CEO Tim Cook believes it won’t be in the best interests of iPhone users to expose the platform to security risks.

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