Sep 2, 2021

Apple to allow Netflix-type apps a sign-up link

At present, app developers are required to use Apple's in-app purchase systems, and cannot usually point users to buying content elsewhere. Apple said the agreement "Will help developers of reader apps make it easier for users to set up and manage their apps and services, while protecting their privacy and maintaining their trust". Apple currently receives a commission of between 15% and 30% on in-app purchases - its App store is a major contributor to the near $54bn the firm makes from its "Services" segment. The changes do not cover games, where the App Store rules are currently the subject of a high-profile US legal dispute with Fortnite developer Epic Games. On Tuesday, South Korea's National Assembly passed a bill that once ratified will stop Apple and Google from requiring apps to only use their in-app payment systems.

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