Apple extends fee waiver for digital classes in App Store

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference on April 13, 2016 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.

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Apple said on Monday that companies offering digital classes via the iPhone app would not have to use Apple’s App Store in-app purchases until June 2021, allowing them to charge customers directly without Apple’s 30% commission fee .

Apple said the extension helps businesses give more time to transition from in-person events to digital events during the Kovid-19 epidemic.

“However the app is required to offer any paid online group event experience (one-to-few and one-to-many realtime experiences) via in-app purchases as per App Store Review Guideline 3.1.1 , We have temporarily postponed this requirement to an original December 2020 deadline, “Apple wrote on its developer blog. “To allow additional time to develop an in-app purchase solution, this deadline has been extended to June 30, 2021.”

An Apple spokesman did not comment beyond Monday’s announcement.

The app is Apple’s latest olive branch for critics of the Apple Store, which says that the iPhone giants control and charge on the platform is anticomitic. Apple also announced earlier this month that it planned to reduce its commissions by 15% to app developers on Apple’s platforms in 2021 for less than $ 1 million.

Apple originally waived the in-app purchase requirement for group classes and events in September, after Facebook introduced a paid event feature and tried to include a copy inside its app The latter was warned that transaction cuts for paid events would go to Apple. But at that time, Apple only suspended its fees until December. Monday’s announcement extended it to 6 more months.

Apple requires the iPhone app to use Apple’s App Store payment processing, which takes up 30% of total payments, and has been the focus of policymakers around the world. However, in-person goods, such as ordering rides through Uber or purchasing something from an online retailer, are not required to use App Store Payments.

In September, Apple clarified that one-to-one person classes could be billed directly through an iPhone app, but any virtual class where an instructor or group worked with multiple people could be called in the App Store There was a need to use payment.

The New York Times reported in July that some app makers, such as AirBnB and ClassPass, were switching business models to include more digital classrooms, as in-person experiences were negatively affected by in-person experiences, and Apple Told him to use in-app purchases. Due to which they got 30% of the sales.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the company’s policies around virtual classrooms and events at a congressional hearing in July by Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judicial Committee.

“The epidemic is a tragedy and it is hurting Americans and many people around the world and we will never take advantage of it,” Cook said. “I think the cases you are talking about are cases where something has shifted to digital service, which technically needs to go through our digital model.”

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