Europe’s Emerging Third-Party iOS App Stores: A First Look

Enzo Rossi
1 min read

Key Takeaways:

  • Only one third-party iOS app store is currently live in Europe, but more are in the pipeline
  • AltStore is likely to hit EU users’ phones first, offering Nintendo emulator and other apps
  • Apple's Core Technology Fee and complex installation procedure may deter developers and users from alternative app stores


The complexity and cost associated with third-party app stores may deter developers and users from exploring alternative options. However, these stores could cater to niche interests and needs, while also posing potential challenges regarding security and user confidence.

Do You Know?

  • The Digital Markets Act (DMA) imposes challenges and regulations on third-party app stores, impacting their approval and compliance processes.
  • AltStore uses a decentralized approach, differing from Apple’s all-inclusive App Store, which may appeal to enthusiasts but pose challenges for mainstream adoption.

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