But this decision by the Dutch authority does not apply to other application categories such as games or productivity applications in the country, and the regulator has been investigating the practices of the Apple App Store since 2019, and some application providers rely on the Apple App Store, and Apple takes advantage of this dependency, according to the regulators. Dutch.
“Apple has special responsibilities because of its dominant position, which is why Apple needs to take the interests of app providers very seriously as well, and set reasonable conditions, and that’s what we’re compelling Apple to do with this,” said Martijn Snoep, president of the Dutch Consumer and Markets Authority.
App providers pay $99 a year to use the App Store, and nearly 85 percent of app providers only pay that fee. On iPhones, dating apps can only be served through the App Store, making dating app providers highly dependent on Apple.
“Consequently, the dating app providers have no choice but to accept Apple’s terms,” the ACM said.
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