Apple changed its rules for the App Store to explain how app creators can connect to external payment services, according to 9to5Mac. Even if they use an outside payment service, developers still need to give Apple a portion of their earnings.
Apple will take a 27 percent share (instead of the usual 30 percent) or 12 percent if the developer is in the App Store Small Business Program, as mentioned on a support page about external purchase links.
Apple’s New Rules for External Payments and Revenue Shares
In the App Store Review Guidelines, specifically in Section 3.1.1(a), there are additional rules for developers who wish to connect to different payment methods. The guidelines state that developers need to request special permission, called an “entitlement,” to enable this feature.
Moreover, developers cannot solely accept payments from sources outside of Apple’s controlled environment; they must also provide the option for users to make purchases through Apple’s in-app purchase system within their apps.
The changes come after the Supreme Court chose not to review the appeals from Apple and Epic regarding the Epic Games v. Apple case. This ruling forced Apple to stop its anti-steering rules.
Tim Sweeney, the CEO and founder of Epic, is not happy with Apple’s policy updates. He describes the 27 percent fee as “anticompetitive,” critiques the rules about how the links look and function, and points out what he calls the “scare screen” that users encounter when they leave an app to visit an external website.
He states that Epic will challenge Apple’s compliance plan, which he views as acting in bad faith, in the District Court. Apple has outlined its adherence to the ruling in a recent court filing, and Epic’s spokesperson, Natalie Munoz, mentions that they plan to dispute Apple’s Notice of Compliance in the District Court.
Apple updated App Store rules, making developers pay a share even with external payments, with a 27% fee (or 12% for some). Guidelines mandate permission for alternate payment methods and inclusion of Apple’s in-app system. Legal disputes emerge after a Supreme Court decision, with Epic challenging Apple’s compliance in District Court.