According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is considering opening up its iOS and iPad OS so that users can select their own default apps. In addition, the Cupertino tech giant may also open up its HomePod speaker to third-party music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. The report comes from unnamed sources close to the situation. Apple has yet to make any official comment on the matter.
According to the new development, Apple is looking into giving you a choice to select a third-party web browser and mail app for starters. The company has long been scrutinized for locking in its native apps as default without giving users the option to change them.
Spotify notably filed a complaint with the European Commission last March over Apple’s anti-competitive practices in regards to operating the App Store. Apple was also pressed by the US House of Representatives antitrust panel in a hearing last year.
The new move is rumored to come as early as iOS 14 but we’ll have to wait for more confirmation from Apple’s side.