Traveling with Your iPhone? EU Apps form Third-party App Stores Might Need a Pit Stop

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Apple has clarified its policy on using third-party app stores on iPhones in the European Union. Here’s the quick breakdown:

  • Good news: You can still access and use apps downloaded from third-party app stores even if you travel outside the EU.
  • The catch: If you leave the EU for more than 30 days, you won’t be able to update those apps until you return. This could be a pain for frequent travelers who rely on the latest features and security patches.

This comes after the EU’s new Digital Markets Act (DMA) shook things up for app stores on iPhones. Initially, Apple’s information seemed to suggest limited access to these third-party stores while traveling. Now, it’s clear you just have a 30-day window for updates.

The ability to use alternative app stores themselves remains unaffected. Several companies are already gearing up to launch theirs, including Mobivention and MacPaw. However, Epic Games’ plans for a game store might be on hold as Apple revoked their developer license.

So, if you’re an iPhone user in the EU who travels frequently, be sure to update your third-party apps before you head out for more than a month.

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