“This hard-earned agreement will be a huge improvement for US iOS developers who distribute their digital products through the App Store, especially for the small developers who put a lot of creativity and energy into their work,” he said. guardian According to Steve Berman, one of the lawyers representing the developers after Apple announced that it would allow it to make purchases on apps on third-party interfaces, not just within the App Store.
Other terms in the blanket agreement include a guarantee that Apple will maintain its Small Business Program for at least three more years, reducing App Store commissions from 30 percent to 15 percent for developers who earn less than $1 million a year, and a promise to provide more flexible pricing. Inside the App Store.
said Phil Schiller, Head of the App Store division. “We would like to thank the developers who have worked with us to enter into these agreements to support the goals of the App Store while keeping the interests of all users in mind,” he commented on the agreement.
The agreement doesn’t address all the concerns of independent developers: Apps will continue to offer in-app payments exclusively using Apple’s proprietary system, which charges a 15-30 percent stake after each transaction, and will continue to prevent users from communicating with others. Payment options may exist elsewhere. These are the main terms of the ongoing lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple that caused Fortnite to be removed from the App Store when the company used its own payment service instead of Apple’s.
However, developers can now contact users directly through the app’s contact information to inform them of other payment options. This means, for example, that a user who purchased a subscription through the App Store may be offered savings that can be made by switching to credit card payment – while also developing developer revenue.
Richard Czeslavsky, one of the app developers who sued Apple, described the freedom of emails sent to users as a major shift in a statement filed with a court in Oakland, California. “App developers will take full advantage of this change in customer communications to further reduce the commissions paid to Apple,” Czeslavsky said.
The news came less than a day after Apple announced another discount, this time reducing the commission charged to news publishers. Under the Apple News Partner Program, news apps pay a 15 percent commission on in-app purchases — but only if they choose to support Apple News, the company also has a news aggregation service with its content.