Apple makes it clear that it will get its application fee regardless of payment method
Although it was forced to provide alternative payment systems for dating apps in the Netherlands, Apple made it clear with developer documentation that it would still collect its App Store commission from developers.
On Saturday, Apple announced it would comply with an order from the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to allow dating apps in the country to use alternative systems to the in-app purchases platform. existing. In explaining the changes, Apple also reveals that it has no intention of missing out on the commission it would normally take.
The developer support page for “Distributing Dating Apps in the Netherlands” Apple explains that affected apps have three options covering payment systems. In addition to the existing IAP system, developers can also use an in-app link pointing users to a website to complete the purchase or use a third-party payment system within the app.
While two of the methods use transactions that Apple doesn’t directly monitor or profit from, Apple still says it wants its commission.
“Per the ACM order, dating apps that have the right to connect or use a third-party integrated payment provider will pay Apple a commission on transactions,” Apple writes. It doesn’t state how much the commission will be, but says more information will be “available shortly.”
Tim Cook specifically said that Apple would collect from developers beforehand. During Apple’s lawsuit with Epic in May, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the convenience and security of the App Store, but also its commission. “We should find another way to collect our commission,” Cook said, before proposing that Apple should find a way to properly track transactions and charge developers, as “a process that doesn’t need ‘to exist”. ”
In a December brief, Apple attorneys continued the company’s course of action, saying that if Apple were to allow further in-app payments under an injunction, “Apple may charge a commission on purchases made through such mechanisms”.
Yet discussions have continued online since this statement that Apple would not receive any payment, based on assumptions about how the system works.
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