Apple Axes Anti-PWA Plan

Apple Reverses Decision to Weaken PWA Support in European Market

On March 2nd, IT Home reported that Apple had announced last week its intention to weaken PWA (Progressive Web Application) support in the European market due to significant security risks, low user adoption rates, and compliance with DMA requirements.

Following strong opposition from numerous users, developers, and organizations, Apple has rescinded this decision and stated that it will continue to offer the existing Home Screen web app functionality in the European Union.

Apple Announcement

In their explanation released today, Apple wrote, “This support means that developers can continue to build Home Screen web applications directly based on WebKit and its secure architecture, aligning with the security and privacy standards of native iOS applications.”

Regardless of whether the web application is added via Safari, this implies that all Home Screen web applications will still be supported by WebKit, consistent with the way it has functioned for years.

IT Home translated Apple’s official statement as follows:

In order to comply with relevant DMA regulations, Apple had previously announced plans to remove the Home Screen web application feature in the European Union.

The necessity to cancel this feature stems from complex security and privacy issues with web applications. Supporting alternative browser engines would require establishing a new integrated architecture, which is currently not present in the iOS system.

We have received requests to continue supporting iOS Home Screen web applications; hence, we will maintain the existing Home Screen web application functionality in the European Union.

This support means that Home Screen web applications will continue to be built directly based on WebKit and its secure architecture, in line with the security and privacy standards of iOS native applications.

The removal of Home Screen web application support in the iOS beta may have some impact on developers and users. However, with the official release of iOS 17.4 in March, the existing functionalities of Home Screen web applications will be restored.

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