Apple Intelligence and other features will not launch in the EU this year

Enlarge / Features like Image Playground will not arrive in Europe at the same time as other regions.

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Three major features of iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia will not be available to European users this fall, Apple says. They include iPhone screen mirroring on Mac, SharePlay screen sharing, and the entire Apple Intelligence suite of generative AI features.

In a statement sent to the Financial Times, The Verge and others, Apple says this decision is related to the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). Here’s the full statement, attributed to Apple spokesperson Fred Sainz:

Two weeks ago, Apple introduced hundreds of new features that we are excited to offer to our users around the world. We are very motivated to make these technologies accessible to all users. However, due to regulatory uncertainties caused by the Digital Markets Act (DMA), we do not believe we will be able to implement three of these features (iPhone Mirroring, SharePlay screen sharing enhancements, and Apple Intelligence) in our EU. users this year.

Specifically, we are concerned that the DMA’s interoperability requirements may force us to compromise the integrity of our products in ways that put user privacy and data security at risk. We are committed to working with the European Commission in an attempt to find a solution that allows us to offer these features to our EU customers without compromising their security.

It is not clear from Apple’s statement exactly what aspects of the DMA may have led to this decision. It could be that Apple is worried about being required to give competitors like Microsoft or Google access to user data collected for Apple Intelligence features and more, but we’re not sure.

This is not the first major and recent divergence between the functionality and features of Apple devices in the EU versus other regions. Due to EU regulations, Apple opened iOS to third-party app stores in Europe, but not in other regions. However, critics argued that its compliance with that requirement was lukewarm at best, as it came with a number of restrictions and changes to the way app developers could monetize their apps on the platform if they used those. other shop windows.

While Apple says in the statement that it is open to finding a solution, it does not specify any timeline. All we know is that the features will not be available on EU devices this year. They are expected to launch in other regions in the fall.

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