Another country "followed" the EU's lead, forcing Apple to open the App Store

 China is being stricter about applications on the App Store and Apple seems to have approval of that.

According to BGR, Reuters recently reported that Apple has begun requiring app developers to submit an Internet Content Provider Profile (ICP) when they release new apps on the App Store in China.

This ICP profile is a permanent registration system required for websites to operate legally in China. With that, Apple as well as Tencent and Huawei's app stores have complied with this change since 2017. To obtain this license, developers are required to have a company in China or work with a local publisher.

The Chinese App Store is placing stricter requirements in releasing new applications.
The Chinese App Store is placing stricter requirements in releasing new applications.

The problem with this change is that it will make accessing the hundreds of thousands of apps on the Chinese App Store more complicated. Many Chinese people have previously taken advantage of VPNs to access content they were not authorized to. Now, with this new change, they may have to use another region's App Store to access their favorite apps because not all developers can meet the criteria imposed by China. put.

Because China is Apple's third most important region for its software business, the company is also in a challenging situation, whether it complies with the country's regulations or not.

Apple may soon "meet a deadline" in Asia while being forced to open the App Store.
Japan's parliament is considering a landmark bill that could force Apple to open the App Store to outside apps and allow users to choose other payment methods. This move is considered Japan's next step in promoting competition and reducing application fees in the mobile market, after the European Union (EU).

App Store is about to meet a "limit" in Japan like in the EU.
App Store is about to meet a "limit" in Japan like in the EU.

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The new bill is expected to be passed in 2024 and significantly impacts the operations of technology giants such as Apple and Google. While Japanese companies may not be affected, this is still a strong signal that Japan is increasingly interested in controlling the digital market.

The move comes after Japan's Digital Market Competition Commission conducted a comprehensive review of the mobile ecosystem. The goal of the bill is to create a fairer competitive environment, reduce application prices and protect consumers.

Apple has defended its business practices against antitrust allegations. However, if the bill is passed, this will be a big challenge for the Cupertino technology giant.

It is expected that the new law will take effect in 2025 and will have a profound impact on the Japanese digital market. App developers and consumers will likely benefit from the diversification of options and reduced costs.

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