Sunday December 04, 2022

Apple extends in app purchase exemption to online event and group apps

Apple extended the deadline for event and online group apps to adhere to the company’s in app purchase policy. This was announced via 9to5Mac. Apps in this category will now be able to use alternate payment options up to June 30th to avoid Apple’s 15% to 30% cut on in-app purchases. Apple wrote in the post that it will support developers and apps that need to adapt services from in person to digital in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Given the recent resurgence in COVID and its continuing impact on in-person service, we have extended the deadline.”
Apple made changes to its in app purchase policy in September 2020. This clarified that apps that offer “one-to–few and one–to–many realtime experiences,” such online classes or virtual group events, must accept payments through in-app purchasing. The company has changed its rules to allow “person-to person experiences” that are limited to two people, such as medical consultations or real estate tours, to be paid using other payment methods.
Apple was criticized for charging event platforms a commission during a pandemic. It later decided to postpone its rule targeting group app event apps until November 2020. The reprieve was extended until December 31, 2021.

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