Apple changes the App Store to settle with Developers

Apple changes the App Store to settle with
“Developers can use communications, such as email, to share information about payment methods outside of their iOS app” as long as users consent to receiving those emails and have the right to opt out, the company said Thursday. This gives developers greater flexibility to collect payment from customers, without Apple having to charge a commission for in-app purchases.
Apple (AAPL), will contribute $100 million to a fund that helps smaller developers settle the suit, which was originally brought up in 2019. According to court filings, payments for developers with valid claims range between $250 and $30,000
Donald Cameron, an app developer, and Pure Sweat Basketball filed the lawsuit accusing Apple of anticompetitive behavior. They claimed that Apple forced developers to offer only apps in its App Store, and took a percentage of any in-app payment.
The commissions paid by the iPhone maker, as much as 30%, have been at the centre of numerous legal disputes. Epic Games, one of Apple’s largest developers, is also suing.
Epic, maker of Fortnite’s hugely successful video game, claims that Apple has a monopoly over the distribution and payment of iOS apps. Epic also alleges that Apple’s payments rules are unlawful because they exclude potential competitors. This case, which was the focus of a heated trial in which Apple CEO Tim Cook gave evidence, is currently awaiting a verdict by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.
Gonzalez Rogers will also preside over the class action lawsuit, and must approve the settlement proposal on Thursday.

Publited Fri, 27 August 2021 at 05:17.21 +0000

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