While many developers are still waiting that maybe one day Apple will allow the use of third-party payment systems, it seems that “reader” apps now have an alternative, where Apple will now allow these types of apps to add external links to the provide their own apps Website where users can manage their account and make payments.
For those unfamiliar, reader apps are essentially apps that display their own content such as videos, ebooks, etc., so think of apps like Netflix, Kindle, Spotify, and so on. What Apple has done here is basically having an app tell its customers that they can manage their account and subscriptions through the app’s own website.
That means if customers want to subscribe directly to Spotify or Netflix, instead of going through the App Store, those apps can now direct users straight to the website. Previously, App Store rules included that external linking for this type of use was prohibited and apps found doing so could have their apps removed from the App Store.
In a way, it’s actually better for some developers because it allows them to bypass Apple’s 30% cut on in-app purchases entirely. However, since it only applies to Reader-style apps, not all developers will be able to benefit from it, such as: B. Game developers offering microtransactions, but we assume it’s a start.
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