AltStore will add support for sideloading Patreon-backed iPhone apps in the EU

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To comply with Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulations, Apple introduced the ability to sideload iPhone apps in the European Union (EU) last month, and users who have updated to iOS 17.4 will soon be able to sideload iPhone apps supported by Patreon. Will be able to install apps. Via AltStore, an alternative app store designed to enable sideloading on iOS. As a result, developers will have an alternative way to monetize their apps in the EU, while reducing Apple's commissions on apps distributed through its App Store.

In a post on Threads, AltStore developer Riley Testut said that the popular sideloading tool will soon be made available in the EU as an alternative app marketplace, which will be fully compliant with Apple's policies for third-party app stores in the region . Testut also shared a screen recording of the process of installing an app through the AltStore app marketplace, which takes no more than a couple of taps.

It is worth remembering that even developers who distribute free applications have to pay a core technology fee of 0.5 euros (about Rs 45) for each user after the app has been downloaded more than a million times. . Since download numbers also include app updates, CTF may apply to many apps that become extremely popular on third-party app stores.

Testut informed TechCrunch that the AltStore app marketplace in the EU will allow developers to offer Patreon-backed apps, the equivalent of in-app purchases or subscriptions available in Apple's App Store. The income from these Patreon memberships can enable access to specific apps or features, as well as allow developers to monetize their applications or games.

iPhone owners in the EU, which are running the AltStore app marketplace, will soon be able to install beta versions of clipboard manager Clips and Nintendo emulator Delta after becoming Patreon members — it costs $3 (roughly Rs. 250) per month, the developer said. Told the publication. Users will be able to download the standard version of Delta for free, while a $1 Patreon subscription will grant access to the stable version of the clipboard manager.


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