Apple is set to allow users of its iPhone and iPad devices to download non-App Store apps next year, in a bid to comply with incoming European Union regulations.

The move, which is a significant departure from Apple’s current policies, will enable users to download third-party software without using the App Store, avoiding the company’s restrictions and its 30% commission on payments.

Furthermore, the change could also potentially lead to an increase in non-fungible-token (NFT) related apps. The company’s goal is to have the planned changes ready as part of an update to next year’s iOS 17.

If similar laws to those in the EU are passed in other countries, the changes could lay the groundwork for their implementation in those regions.