Apple’s App Store Concessions Do Not Address Top Concerns for Regulators and Lawmakers: A Review

In the space of a week, Apple has made two sets of changes to the App Store rules, which are the subject of lawsuits, regulatory investigations and legislation around the world, but the adjustments don’t address the biggest concerns raised. Lawmakers and regulators are considering dismantling the App Store business model, a result that could … Read more

Apple Relaxes App Store Payment Rules for Netflix and Others Doing Japan

Apple said on Wednesday it would relax its App Store rules that have banned companies like Netflix from providing customers with a link to create a paid account to bypass Apple’s in-app purchase commissions. It is the second award to regulators and businesses in less than a week as the iPhone maker faces legal, regulatory … Read more

Google, Apple cannot force developers into payment systems, says South Korea’s newly passed bill

South Korea’s parliament on Tuesday passed a bill banning major app store operators such as Google and Apple from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, effectively preventing them from charging commissions in in-app purchases. It’s the first such constraint by big economies like Alphabet’s Apple and Google, which face global criticism for requiring … Read more

Apple closes App Store deal with small developers while waiting for Fortnite’s decision

Apple agreed on Thursday to ease App Store restrictions on small developers, settling in a class-action lawsuit while the iPhone maker awaits a decision by the same judge in a separate App Store dispute brought by the developer behind Fortnite . The settlement includes changes to the way all developers can communicate with customers, an … Read more

Apple Allows Developers to Accept Payments Outside the App Store: Explained in Seven Points

Apple announced Thursday night in the US that iOS developers will now be able to advertise alternative payment options on the App Store, which will make it easier for them to promote alternative pricing without Apple’s cut. Until now, developers had to pay a portion of all revenue generated in the App Store to Apple, … Read more

Apple, Google’s in-app purchasing commission domain will likely be contained by South Korea

South Korea will likely prevent Alphabet’s Google and Apple from charging software developers’ fees for in-app purchases, the first of these restrictions in a large economy that could hurt the tech giants’ lucrative revenue streams. Legislation from parliament and the judiciary committee is expected on Tuesday to pass amendments to the Telecommunications Business Act, dubbed … Read more

iPhone FlickType Keyboard Shutdown for the Blind, Developer Shares Highly Loaded Topic on Twitter

FlickType, the iOS keyboard app for the visually impaired, is phasing out, its developer announced on Twitter. In a thread on the microblog platform, developer Kosta Eleftheriou announced that he is forced by circumstances to discontinue the iPhone app’s keyboard functionality. He wrote that his decision comes after several “irrational” Apple App Store rejections against … Read more