In agreement with Japan's Fair Trade Commission, Apple allows some apps to link to their websites to create subscriptions without having to check their payment system. While this appears to be a step in the right direction, this rule sets a double standard that Epic's Sweeney team doesn't like.
Apple announced Wednesday that it will allow some apps to link to its external sites for subscription and payment starting in 2022. Currently, developers can notify customers to subscribe to their external sites, but they cannot link to them directly. They will soon be able to block 30% from using the App Store through the button that users click to go to their payment gateway.
The amendment complies with the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC). This classification applies only to Reader Software. Apple offers reader apps as apps that offer pre-purchased content or subscriptions but do not contain in-app purchases.
This is what you get today when you try to subscribe to Netflix on your iPhone. In early 2022, this is the button that directs you to the Netflix website to sign up and pay. This is a fundamental and structural change that saves Apple from much scrutiny. pic.twitter.com/8iWDUTceZK- Markgurman September 2, 2021
Netflix and Spotify are two examples that fall into this category. Both services have long objected to the 30% App Store tax, which prevents customers from setting up, managing, or paying their subscriptions for their apps. Technically, they still can't, but they can link to their third-party registration and payment gateways from next year.
"We have a lot of respect for the Japan Fair Trade Commission and appreciate the work we've done. Phil Schiller, President of App StoreTim Sweeney, CEO of Epic described the games as a fantastic deal for services that Not structurally different from Fortnite.Even if Apple considers Roblox a game, the game between 2006 and 2021, which became a mid-experience "experiment", is a reader program. - TimSweeneyEpic September 2, 2021
Apple Sweeney tweeted : “A word of mouth about safety, rational acknowledgment of this is safe, while Fortnite accepts unsecured direct payments.” “What is more, if Apple considers Roblox, a game between 2006 and 2021 that has become an “experience” in the middle of testing, a reader app Epic Games is on the cusp of a one-year legal battle over the same issue with the Cupertino Power Plant. Last year, Apple booted Fortnite from the App Store after Epic launched an off-platform payment system that avoided a 30% drop in Apple and passed on the savings to its customers.
Apple's new rules are not required for reader apps The company needs to craft new guidelines and improve the App Store review process. The policies should then be implemented in early 2022.
Apple decides to allow reader apps to link to third-party payment gateways, and the Sweeney team is not satisfied