Jun 17, 2020

Apple accused of 'hostile' app fee policies

Apple is facing mounting calls to reconsider its App Store rules, from the creators of the apps themselves. The backlash has been sparked by a row between the tech giant and the makers of a new email app over a demand that Apple be given the means to take a cut of the services's subscription fee. Apple told Basecamp it must also offer an in-app payment option, from which the App Store owner would deduct a 30% cut. For its part, Apple notes that policies in place since 2010 made clear that paid services must offer users the option to make the purchase within the app. Apple has given some organisations further special dispensation - for example BBC's iPlayer app tells users they must pay the licence fee, but does not provide the US firm with a way of taking a cut.

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