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Your iPhone or Mac may be less advanced than that of the Americans (even though you pay more)

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As a general rule, an Apple product costs more in France than in the United States. However, in addition to paying more, you risk having a less advanced product than the one that Apple offers on its domestic market. Although we have the same devices and the same components all over the world, Apple could deprive users in the European Union of certain flagship new features, announced at the WWDC conference.

As a reminder, during this conference, the firm presented Apple Intelligence, a series of new features based on generative AI which will be available on the iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, as well as on iPads and Macs using the chip M1 or a newer version of this component. Apple Intelligence will be offered in beta this fall, first in English, before expanding to other languages ​​later.

Unfortunately, the deployment of this new feature in the European Union could be complicated. According to a Bloomberg article, Apple has indicated that it will block the deployment of Apple Intelligence and other new features for iPhone and Mac, due to concerns over EU rules. “We are concerned that the interoperability requirements of the DMA may force us to compromise the integrity of our products in a way that would endanger user privacy and security. data security”, declared the Cupertino firm, in a press release relayed by Bloomberg.

No iPhone Mirroring in the European Union  ?

In addition to being deprived of Apple Intelligence, for the moment, Apple customers in the European Union would also be deprived of iPhone Mirroring and SharePlay features Screen Sharing. Presented at the WWDC conference, iPhone Mirroring allows you to access the iPhone screen on a Mac, even when the smartphone is locked. This will allow you to see and interact with iPhone notifications, or open applications, without having to touch your smartphone.

It is not clear how the European Union's interoperability rules may affect these new Apple features. But, in any case, it should be remembered that the DMA or Digital Markets Act prohibits companies designated as access controllers (on products designated by the European Commission) from favoring their services to the detriment of those offered by third-party developers. It is, for example, to comply with this legislation that Apple today authorizes competitors of the App Store in the European Union, as well as the installations of applications from the web (without going through an application store ).

EU could force Apple to make new concessions

As a reminder, the European Commission is already investigating Apple's compliance with the Digital Markets Act. Brussels is, for example, looking at Apple's new conditions for developers who distribute their apps outside the App Store. The Commission is also looking into the iOS choice screen, which makes it easier to use a third-party browser instead of Safari as the default browser on the iPhone.

< p>The European Commission has not yet published the conclusions of this first stage of its investigation. But the recent statement from Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, is not at all reassuring for the Cupertino company. “We have a certain number of problems with Apple; I find them very serious. “I was very surprised that we had such suspicions about Apple's non-compliance”, she said in an interview with CNBC.

  • Apple could block the deployment of certain new features in the EU this year
  • The list of Apple features affected includes Apple Intelligence, the suite of generative AI features announced at WWDC
  • Apple says it is concerned that the interoperability requirements of the EU’s Digital Markets Act could affect the security of its products
  • The European Commission is already investigating Apple’s compliance with the Digital Markets Act, and recently, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager raised serious concerns

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116