iOS 17 to Set the Stage for Apple’s Sideloading Strategy

iOS 17 to Set the Stage for Apple's Sideloading Strategy
iOS 17 to Set the Stage for Apple's Sideloading Strategy

As per reports, Apple won’t release iOS 17 with lots of features, but it will bring elements to allow the side-loading of apps.

This feature may change how you download apps on your iPhone; June’s WWDC will feature Apple’s annual updates to its main operating system, with iOS changes being the most-watched of them all. However, for 2023’s developer event, it looks like iOS 17’s changes will tilt more toward regulatory compliance than brand-new features.

According to Mark Gurman in the Bloomberg “Power on” newsletter on Sunday, Apple will soon release iOS 17 along with iPadOS 17, macOS 14, and a major watchOS 10 update. It has also been said that Apple will be making “more noise beyond WWDC itself” by working on revamping iOS to allow Sideloading.

Regarding iOS and iPadOS, major new features are unlikely to be introduced. However, they will fulfill a list of user demands through smaller improvements.

Moreover, Sideloading refers to being able to download apps onto a device by other means than features like an App store. Despite this, apps could be transferred from a linked computer, downloaded from the internet & installed separately, or obtained from a third-party app store.

While Apple is apparently complying, it is also likely that the company will continue to oppose the condition until the last moment. Apple has often declared substitute app stores and jailbreaking a security threat for users, a view it is unlikely to change from in the meantime.

The other operating system, iPadOS 17, will likely “lay the groundwork” for inbound iPad Pro models using OLED displays, while watchOS 10’s operating system update will be a big spotlight and perhaps disclose minimal hardware updates are on the way.