Sep 24, 2020

Apple App Store faces coalition of unhappy developers

Several major developers have formed a coalition to fight Apple over its app store policies. Alongside an 11-point "Vision", the group has identified three key issues it will campaign on: alleged anti-competitive policies from both Apple and Google, which it says limits products and features available to consumers. The 30% cut that both Apple and Google take from sales through their app stores, which the group says is an "App tax". Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Union against Apple's policies, while Tile has previously accused Apple of anti-competitive behaviour, making antitrust claims in the US and Europe. Match Group, which owns Tinder and other dating apps, said it was joining because Apple's in-app purchase system "Forces consumers to pay higher prices by inserting Apple between app developers and their users, leading to customer confusion and dissatisfaction that has far-reaching implications for our businesses".

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