For its new iOS 14, which should be unveiled in several months, Apple may well finally allow third-party applications to be chosen by default on its iPhones.
Apple smartphones usually come with 38 preinstalled applications, directly developed by the Apple brand. Among them, we find in particular Safari, Mail, Messages, Maps or Apple Music. Apps available exclusively on Apple devices, but have many equivalents that some iPhone users might prefer to use.
The problem is that until now, Apple has prevented it from using anything other than its own services by default. This means that when you click on a link, you are sent directly to Safari, even if you are a fan of Chrome. Or, when Siri is asked to play some music, it systematically opens Apple Music, to the detriment of Napster or Spotify on which we may have a subscription. A very limiting feature and extremely criticized in recent years.
iOS 14 is a game-changer for default apps
But it may well be that for the future, Apple will finally remedy this heinous problem. At least that’s what journalist Mark Gurman explains in the columns of Bloomberg. With its iOS 14, expected for the second half of 2020, the Apple brand would finally consider allowing its users to choose by default third-party applications that it has not developed itself.
A turning point that could also affect HomePod, Apple’s intelligent voice assistant. Relaxing these restrictions would finally allow its holders to access services other than Apple Music to favor those for which they have a subscription. A decision which, of course, would divert attention from the services developed by Apple, but would still offer other users the possibility of adopting their devices without limitations.
But for the time being, these are only details revealed by the press. The American firm should not unveil these novelties until June 2020, during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference where it announces its plans for the next twelve months. In the meantime, you’ll have to be content with Safari and company when you’re on your iPhone!