EU Probes Apple’s Ban on Progressive Web Apps

The Financial Times reports that the European Union’s antitrust regulators have initiated an investigation into Apple’s prohibition of developers from creating services in the form of Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) within the EU, aiming to ascertain whether this constitutes a monopolistic market practice.

Apple Progressive Web Applications

The EU is scrutinizing Apple’s ban on developers crafting services as PWAs to determine if it contravenes market monopoly regulations. Apple insists that this adjustment complies with the Digital Markets Act.

In response to the demands of the EU Digital Markets Act, Apple has revised numerous App Store usage norms, specifically banning developers in the EU from developing services such as PWAs. Apple argues that such a measure is crucial to ensure user safety and minimize risks like privacy breaches, albeit this affects the development of some web applications originally designed as PWAs.

Consequently, the EU’s antitrust regulatory body has begun inquiries with local developers to clarify whether Apple’s actions impede market competition, potentially leading to new allegations of market monopoly violations against Apple.