NIXsolutions: Apple Alters Browser Rules in iOS 17.4

Apple has recently implemented changes to its browser regulations on iOS and iPadOS, as reported by 9to5Mac.


Freedom for Third-Party Browsers

With the rollout of iOS 17.4, the requirement for the WebKit engine in third-party browsers on iOS has been lifted. Previously, every browser essentially mirrored Safari, leaving users with little incentive to explore alternatives. This modification paves the way for fully functional Chromium-based browsers like Chrome, Edge, and others to be introduced on iOS. Given that most websites are optimized for Chromium, users can expect a significantly enhanced web surfing experience on their iPhones and iPads.

A Region-Specific Impact

NIXsolutions reminds that these changes only affect users within the European Union. Users in the USA and other countries won’t observe any adjustments in their smartphone or tablet settings. The feasibility of bypassing this restriction through a VPN or by changing the Apple ID region remains unclear at this point.