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Now Apple says it won’t disable iPhone web apps in the EU

A photo showing an iPhone 15 homescreen
Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

Apple is reversing course on a plan to discontinue supporting the installation of progressive web apps in the European Union. In an update to a developer support page spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple says it will “continue to offer the existing Home Screen web apps capability in the EU” in iOS 17.4.

However, Apple notes that homescreen apps will still “be built directly on WebKit,” the engine used by Safari. This means web apps downloaded from third-party browsers like Google Chrome or Firefox may not be powered by their own engines — despite Apple adding support for third-party browser engines in the EU in the same update.

“Developers and users who may have been impacted by the removal of Home Screen web apps in the beta release of iOS in the…

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