Apple now allows the users to sign in to the reader apps from websites directly instead of signing up from the App store. Apple is facing criticism for ages due to its app store policy. This new action will be applicable from the next year, 2022. This gesture took place as a settlement with the Japan Fair Trade Commission. The new move will allow the users to sign up from the in-app links through the website.
Japan insisted Apple make changes in their app store policy on certain reader apps like Spotify, Netflix, Dropbox, and Audible. As a result, these apps are charging an extra commission for any in-app purchases or subscriptions like magazines, digital books, etc., This commission range will affect the profits of app developers.
At present, these apps are of no use on iOS devices if you are not already subscribed. If you try to subscribe to Spotify from the Apple device, the app store won’t allow you to the website, and an apology will popup denying the subscription. Whereas kindle allows you to sign up as a new account and access the subscription with limited access.
These App store purchase policies are being unresolvable issues for users and developers globally. Recently Apple has done a $100 million payout for the settlement of US app vocal app developers. But the changes done in the app store during that settlement is very negligible. The App developers are concerned about their communication with their users outside the apps. So during this lawsuit settlement, apple allowed the users to communicate with the developers outside the app through the website and avail themselves their other subscription services like magazines, books, etc.,
Previously all the extra subscriptions and communication were done through the apps from the app store. This will result in the 30% commission payment to the app store from developers, which will be a huge loss for the app developers who provide extra subscription services. A few days back, the South Korean assembly passed the bill to file a suit on the app store to lay down those acts. South Korea is the first country to restrict in-app purchases from Google and App Store.
After the settlement with Japan Apple overseas fellow Phill Schiller stated that “We have great respect for the Japan Fair Trade Commission and appreciate the work we’ve done together, which will help developers of reader apps make it easier for users to set up and manage their apps and service while protecting their privacy and maintaining their trust.”
In the previous week, Apple announced some changes in the App store policies in favor of the developers. Although they are very little they allow some freedom and flexibility for the in-app subscriptions and purchases. Apple also launched a News application in favor of journalists by lowering their commission rate to 15%. These new steps are applicable globally, allowing more freedom to reader app developers.
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