Apple is growing into a dual-market company, and the splintering of iOS is starting to become apparent. Two big stories came this week, as two separate European Union requirements under the Digital Markets Act. The first is that the NFC chip in the iPhone allows competition other than Apple Pay, including when NFC shows up, or a double-click on the side of the phone. The other is side-loading, allowing people to place alternative 3rd party app-stores on their iPhone, and bypass the Apple stranglehold on apps there. Both of these European approaches are to promote competition, and allow users greater freedom, but note that Apple finally decided they would only do this within the EU, leaving many other countries out in the cold on good practices.
Apple opens up NFC chip to allow alternatives to Apple Pay in Europe