Apple to offer other payment methods in Dutch dating app developers

Sharanya Sinha
Sharanya Sinha June 13, 2022
Updated 2022/06/23 at 8:15 AM
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Apple Inc. detailed how dating app developers in the Netherlands might avoid Apple’s in-app payment systems on Friday, a carefully awaited move by the iPhone manufacturer in the face of worldwide antitrust worries about its influence over the mobile app market. Apple has long required developers to utilize its in-app payment system, which costs up to 30% fees, which some developers, such as Tinder owner Match Group Inc, have said are excessive. The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) in the Netherlands.

Investors are keeping a close eye on developments in the Dutch antitrust lawsuit to see how they may affect Apple’s App Store sales, which make up the majority of the company’s $68.4 billion services division. According to the guidelines, dating app developers must still pay Apple commissions for transactions made outside of its in-app payment system, albeit they will receive a tiny reduction. Apple previously stated that developers who paid its 30% commission rate owed it a 27 percent fee. Apple’s system will display a message informing consumers that they must contact the developer if they have payment issues, such as requesting a refund.

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Apple had planned to add a button that would allow customers to opt-out of utilizing the third-party payment option after being warned, but the iPhone manufacturer announced Friday that the button had been rejected by Dutch authorities. Apple’s earlier regulations were unclear on whether or not those developers would receive a discount if they used third-party payment providers. Apple said on Friday that when such developers use third-party payment systems, they would be charged a 12% fee. In a blog post, Apple stated, “We don’t feel some of these modifications are in the best interests of our users’ privacy or data security.” “As we have stated, we disagree with the ACM’s first ruling and have filed an appeal.”

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