Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, has voiced his concerns regarding Apple's recent alterations to its App Store rules, labeling them as "onerous" and expressing doubts that developers would willingly embrace them. These comments from Zuckerberg add to the growing chorus of criticism directed at Apple's new regulations.
Apple recently made significant changes to its app distribution policies, driven by the need to comply with the European Union's Digital Markets Act. One of the key modifications involves allowing developers to create and distribute apps through third-party marketplaces, a move that marks a significant departure from Apple's previous practices.
These changes are slated to take effect with the release of iOS 17.4. While these changes may appear to offer more flexibility for developers, many in the industry have not welcomed them with open arms. During a recent analyst call, Mark Zuckerberg expressed his reservations about these alterations, characterizing them as "so onerous" that he would be "very surprised if any developer" chose to opt for them.
In his own words, Zuckerberg stated, "I don't think that the Apple thing is going to have any difference for us because I think that the way that they've implemented it, I would be very surprised if any developer chose to go into the alternative app stores that they have."
Industry Leaders Criticize Apple
Furthermore, Zuckerberg argued that these changes run contrary to the intentions behind the Digital Markets Act, describing them as incongruent with the Act's core objectives.
He noted that these developments would make it exceedingly challenging for any entity, including Meta, to seriously consider embracing Apple's new regulations. While Apple has not yet responded to these criticisms, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has also voiced his discontent with the changes.
Ek described Apple's actions as a "new low, even for them" and accused the tech giant of acting as though it were exempt from regulatory norms. In another critical statement, Xbox President Sarah Bond referred to Apple's policies as a "step in the wrong direction" and expressed hope that the company would heed the feedback provided by industry stakeholders regarding its proposed plan.