Apple challenging Russian requirement to let developers inform customers about payment options outside App Store
Added 12-05-21 02:31:01pm EST - “Apple is in a global fight to protect its App Store business model, and the latest development lands us in Russia. Apple is taking legal action after objecting to a ruling by the country's Federal Antimonopoly Service that would allow…” - 9to5mac.com
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Apple is in a global fight to protect its App Store business model, and the latest development lands us in Russia. Apple is taking legal action after objecting to a ruling by the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Service that would allow developers to promote alternative payment methods to Apple’s in-app purchases.
Apple takes a 15% to 30% cut of revenue generated through the App Store, and apps on iPhone and iPad are only distributed through the App Store.
This includes monthly payments to subscription services like Netflix and Spotify. App developers regularly increase rates that use in-app purchases to compete with direct payments over the web where Apple’s 15-30% commission isn’t applied.
Apple is seeking a judicial review of a warning, which is forcing the iPhone maker to allow app developers to tell customers about alternative payment options when using its App Store platform.
The warning, delivered by the government body in August, gave Apple a September 30 deadline to resolve the issue. Back then, the regulator warned that the Cupertino-based multinational could face a fine that would be calculated based on its revenue in Russia.
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