For the first time, game emulators can be found on the App Store

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Apple has loosened its App Store restrictions to permit more emulation software.
In an update posted at the end of last week, Apple confirmed it will now permit “retro game console emulator apps”, although the app designers are “responsible for all such software offered in [their] app”, “including ensuring that such software complies with […] all applicable laws”.
It’s thought Apple has made the change in response to growing pressure from users and legislators alike, particularly in Europe, where previously emulator enthusiasts could only access emulation apps on iPhone by jailbreaking their devices or via complex workarounds.
With the recent ruling that Apple has to permit third-party app stores in the EU, this could be a way for the megacorp to prevent some users from defecting to App Store competitors.
This means that game emulators – albeit ones that don’t platform illegal or pirated content – are now no longer banned from the App Store, permitting Android emulator developers to finally port their apps to iDevices (thanks, The Verge).
Apple, Google owner Alphabet and Facebook owner Meta are all being investigated by the EU under the Digital Market Act (DMA), key legislation designed to keep competition fair.
Both Apple and Google will be investigated over their mobile app stores, which the EU previously ordered must allow greater competition on their respective platforms.

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To enable more emulation software, Apple has relaxed its App Store policies.

Apple announced at the end of last week that it will now allow “retro game console emulator apps.” However, the creators of the apps are “responsible for all such software offered in [their] app,” which includes making sure the software complies with [… ] all relevant laws”.

Before, iPhone emulator enthusiasts could only access emulation apps by jailbreaking their devices or by using complicated workarounds. It is believed that Apple made the change in response to mounting pressure from users and legislators alike, especially in Europe. This may be an attempt by the megacorp to keep some users from switching to rival App Stores in light of the recent EU ruling requiring Apple to allow third-party app stores.

According to The Verge, this means that game emulators are no longer prohibited from the App Store, allowing developers of Android emulators to eventually port their apps to iOS devices—as long as they don’t support illegal or pirated content.

Under the Digital Market Act (DMA), a significant piece of legislation intended to maintain fair competition, the EU is looking into Apple, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and Meta, the owner of Facebook.

The mobile app stores of Apple and Google will be the subject of an investigation, as the European Union had mandated that they permit more competition on their individual platforms.

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