Apple will charge a 27% commission for app purchases made using alternative payment systems in the Netherlands

Apple provided today some more details on how it will allow dating apps in the Netherlands to offer alternative payment systems, in line with a court ruling (which Apple is simultaneously appealing).

The biggest tidbit of this is the reveal of the “reduced” commission structure. Apple generally charges a 30% commission on purchases made using its in-app purchase system. The commission levied on alternative payment systems has been set at … 27% excluding taxes.

Dutch dating apps can choose to offer alternative payment systems by connecting to a website or using an in-app feed. Apps wishing to take advantage of this feature must include special permissions in their app binary and call an Apple API before redirecting the user, which presents a modal sheet telling the customer that they are being directed to a non-payment service. Apple.

At first glance, a 27% commission doesn’t really seem like a compelling option, while Apple’s in-app purchase is easy to use and deeply integrated into the system. Apple says the 27% discount is based on the price paid by the user, excluding value added tax. It says “this is a reduced rate that excludes value related to payment processing and related activities”.

Every month, developers will have to send a report to Apple listing their sales. Apple will then send invoices for its commission, which must be paid within 45 days.

Apple seems to have rushed to these additional details in order to avoid being hit with another fine of 5 million euros. For example, the included screenshot of the external purchase modal sheet uses sample lorem ipsum text. This API is also not currently available in current iOS versions, so apps will be allowed to omit it until it is available, then it will be required. There are also other places in the document where Apple reserves the right to change requirements as its policies and technology evolve.

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Aurora J. William