Joshua Wold

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Default third-party apps for iOS

Bloomberg today shared a report that Apple may be considering opening up third party apps as the default options on the iPhone.

This would be a welcome change. There are a number of instances where I switch between the default Apple app and a competitor:

  • Pandora vs Apple Music vs Shopify
  • Google Maps vs Apple Maps
  • Gmail vs Apple Mail
  • Chrome (even though it has Safari rendering engine) vs Safari

Being able to set these as defaults connected to Siri, would be amazing. One simple example is pulling up an address and having it default to Google Maps.

This is of course all hearsay until Apple announces it, but I would welcome the change.