Third-party payment provides are available for in-app purchases on Apple platforms in South Korea

Apple publishes an update on regulations requiring Apple to provide third-party payment options in South Korea for in-app purchases.

As with Netherlands app developers should request specific entitlement and provide information on payment system used by the app.

Developers are to pay Apple 26% commission on purchases made through external payment providers. It is still developer's responsibility to calculate and report overall sales made through external systems, while Apple maintains the right to conduct audits.

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Apple updates App Store Review Guidelines allowing ‘reader’ apps to have link for account registration

Apple made an update for App Store Review Guidelines allowing 'reader' apps to link to website for account registration.

Last year, Apple announced an update coming to the App Store in early 2022 that would allow developers of “reader” apps to include an in-app link to their website for account creation and management purposes. Starting today, with the update of App Store Review guideline 3.1.3(a), developers of reader apps can now request access to the External Link Account Entitlement. This entitlement lets reader apps link to a website that is owned or maintained by the developer, so that users can create or manage their account outside of the app. Reader apps are apps that provide one or more of the following digital content types — magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, or video — as the primary functionality of the app.

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At the same time, Apple also made new change for external payment processing for dating apps in Netherlands. Now apps do not require to have separate binary to use external payment processing.

This proposal is yet to be accepted by ACM.

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Apple Pay, App Store ads are no longer available in Russia

In response to Russian aggression on Ukraine Apple limited its presence:

  • Online Apple Store is no longer works in Russia, some of Apple resellers are also no longer selling Apple hardware;
  • Apple Pay no longer works for cards issued by Russian banks;
  • App Store ads for Russian accounts are suspended;
  • Users no longer can perform App Store purchases with cards issues by Russian banks, or purchase App Store gift cards, currently the only option is to use cellular contract account payments.

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Second round of betas for iOS 15.4, macOS 12.3 and others

Apple releases next round of beta versions for iOS/iPadOS 15.4, macOS 12.3 Monterey, watchOS 8.5 and tvOS 15.4.

Warning

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) can only update to iPadOS 15.4 beta 2 from iPadOS 15.4 beta 1.

Xcode 13.3 beta 2 is also released.

iOS 15.4 beta 2 includes "Tap to pay" framework, recently announced by Apple. Also, second beta now supports driver's license in Wallet. Also, this beta resolve issues with Siri recordings being shared even if user opted out.

macOS 12.3 beta 2 should resolve issues with bluetooth battery drain.

Beta download: Beta Software Downloads

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Apple’s proposal for Netherland and South Korea third-party payment systems includes 27% commission

Apple proposes a plan to support third-party payment systems. This plan outlines the commission for payments made outside the App Store – 27%.

Also, apps should adopt warning screen with texts provided by Apple.

Title: This app does not support the App Store’s private and secure payment system

Body: All purchases in the app will be managed by the developer “.” Your stored App Store payment method and related features, such as subscription management and refund requests, will not be available. Only purchases through the App Store are secured by Apple.

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South Korea is not satisfied with the proposal and expects more savings for developers.

Similar pushback is seen in development community.

As of now, these proposal are not accepted and third-party payment systems are not supported.

Apple Developer: Additional details available for dating apps in the Netherlands

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Authority for Consumers and Markets of Netherlands did not approve Apple’s approach for dating apps external payments support

ACM did not approve Apple's proposal on support of external payment methods for dating apps. ACM now fines Apple €5m a week, with total fine of €50m.

Apple must adjust its conditions for access to the Dutch App Store for dating-app providers. In the App Store, dating-app providers must also be able to use payment systems other than Apple’s payment system. In addition, dating-app providers must have the ability to refer to payment systems outside of the app. This had been laid down in an order subject to periodic penalty payments that ACM imposed on Apple in August 2021. On December 24, 2021, the court ruled that this part of the order could be published.

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It is not clear what conditions are to be changed, so more communication from Apple is expected soon.

ACM Press Release: Apple fails to satisfy requirements set by ACM

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Apple to allow third-party payments in South Korea

Apple now prepares a plan on how third-party in-app payment systems are to be allowed on App Store in South Korea following state requirements.

Reports show that Apple will still charge commission for payments made in other services, however, this commission is to be lower than regular 30% (or 15% in some cases) for its own in-app payments.

I’d bet money that Apple’s compliance plan will follow Google’s, which was announced two months ago. They’ll create a set of APIs for apps to use if they wish to process payments on their own, and those APIs will track the amount of money so that Apple can still collect their cut as the platform owner. Google’s plan reduced the rate by 4 percent, so an app that would get an 85/15 split through the Play Store’s built-in payments system will instead pay 11 percent of the transaction price to Google. Apps in South Korea will be able to process payments on their own, but they’ll have to use the APIs that ensure Google (and now Apple) get their cut.

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At the moment, App Store Review Guidelines are NOT updated and, therefore, there are no options to submit apps with alternate payment methods.

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Dutch regulators require Apple to allow third-party payments for dating apps

Apple is now required to allow third-party payments for dating apps in Netherlands. Authority for Consumers and Markets requires Apple to update App Store Review Guidelines.

The requested change is focused on dating apps only. Apple did not respond to these demands yet.

Authority for Consumers and Markets: ACM obliges Apple to adjust unreasonable conditions for its App Store

Reference: Apple required to allow alternative payment methods for dating apps in the Netherlands