Apple will allow developers of some apps like Netflix to link them to third-party sites for their customers’ payments, responding to a long-running complaint about the App Store, settling an investigation by Japan’s Fair Trade Commission.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant said the change would take effect globally early next year for so-called reader apps that cover content such as magazines, newspapers, books, podcasts, music, and videos. “Apple” such applications depend on the use of the in-app purchase system, which gives “Apple” a commission of up to 30% on downloads and subscriptions via the application, this rule will still apply to games, which are the most lucrative category of mobile applications, in addition to in-app purchases The app, Bloomberg reported.
The announcement comes as regulatory scrutiny and criticism of the dominance of Alphabet Inc’s Apple and Google on mobile platforms grow, South Korea on Tuesday passed a bill that would force major app store operators to allow users to choose online payment methods. The bill will become effective when President Moon Jae-in signs it. US lawmakers are considering similar measures.
In November, Apple broke its historic insistence on maintaining its 30% stake when it announced that it would cut its fees to 15% on app makers who earn less than $1 million annually. The latest news helped the company reach a settlement with the Japanese regulator, which is now closing its investigation into the App Store.
“We have great respect for the Japan Fair Trade Commission and appreciate the work we’ve done together that will help reader app developers make it easier to set up and manage their apps and services,” Phil Schiller, who oversees the Apple Store, said in a statement.
Companies like Netflix and Spotify have long complained that Apple doesn’t allow them to connect their website portals to users to sign up for their services. Apple has previously refused and removed third-party apps that tried to direct users to Internet-based alternative payment methods, with Netflix refusing to offer the option to sign up within the app.
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