Monday, September 20

Apple reaches a key agreement with developers in the middle of a legal battle over its app store


Apple has reached an agreement with a group of US developers who filed a class action lawsuit against the multinational for its practices in the App Store, its application store. Until now, Apple did not allow apps downloaded through the App Store to inform its users of the alternative payment methods to those applications, such as their own web pages. The reason is that Apple took a 30% commission for each payment that users made to the companies that manage the applications downloaded on the iPhone, iPad or iWatch.

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From now on and by virtue of the agreement reached with the developers, Apple will allow information on alternative payment methods to apps “through communications such as email,” the company reported in a statement.

The developers had denounced that this type of prohibition turned the App Store into a monopoly. It is the same thesis defended by Epic Games, the video game studio that developed the popular Fortnite, one of the most downloaded in history. Epic also took Apple to court for monopoly after the multinational expelled it from its app store for violating its rule not to refer users to payment platforms outside its control to skip its commission. The trial was seen for sentence in June and has already caused some changes on the part of Apple, such as reducing that percentage that is taken from each payment made in the apps from 30% to 15%.

The conditions they impose on their app stores are opening new fronts for both Apple and Google, which manages the Play Store, the repository for Android devices. Competition authorities in several countries, including the US and several in the EU, are investigating the situation in case it could be protecting monopoly abuses. The Italian competition regulator fined Google 100 million euros last May for this reason.

Apple’s settlement with the developers who sued her has yet to be approved by the federal judge handling the case. The pact includes a commitment by the multinational to create a $ 100 million aid fund for small developers, the plaintiffs have explained in another statement.



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