Apple loosens App Store rules

Apple has finally relented and is cutting loose its payment fees for selected types of apps, thanks to the Japan Trade Commission (JTC).

The concession covers reader or content subscription apps such as Kindle, Netflix and Spotify, which the commission has deemed Apple’s charging model as anti-competitive. With the development, Apple will let such developers share a link to their website to enable users to subscribe to, set up and manage their account.

Apple is expected to take another six months work on complying with JTC’s requirements.

Commission for other types of apps, such as games where Epic Games is locked in a legal battle with Apple, remain unchanged. For now, such apps still need to adhere to Apple’s billing methodology.

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