Statement on Apple’s DMA compliance plan and their impact on Progressive Web Apps.

For years, Progressive Web Apps have been providing developers with an easy, open way of creating apps that work across platforms, and can be published and shared independently. They were at the heart of Steve Job’s vision for the iPhone, but now it looks like Apple is turning its back on them.

If Apple goes ahead with this change, it would be in flagrant violation of the spirit, and likely the word of the DMA. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident: Apple’s DMA “compliance” plan is full of examples of malicious compliance that benefit neither consumers or developers.

We expect Apple to rapidly rectify the situation, and should they decide to drag their feet, we will do whatever it takes to guarantee citizens and developers rights under the Digital Markets Act are respected. The maximum fine for non-compliance with the DMA is 10% of the Gatekeepers annual turnover.

Statement by Karen Melchior (Renew Europe MEP, Legal Affairs Committee), Tiemo Wolken (S&D MEP, Rapporteur of the Legal Affairs Committee opinion on the Digital Markets Act), Stéphanie Yon-Courtin (Renew Europe MEP, Rapporteur of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee opinion on the Digital Markets Act) and Patrick Breyer (Greens/EFA MEP, Legal Affairs Committee)

Update: This statement has since been reported on by the Financial Times. Following massive pressure from lawmakers and the public, Apple has gone back on its decision to cut off Progressive Web Apps!


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