Apple revises its contentious App Store guidelines

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Apple has published revisions to a number of its App Store review guidelines, loosening some restrictions on streaming game solutions, online classes and if programmers need to use its in-app purchase system, which costs a 30 percent commission.

The business made the modifications after criticism from programmers over its App Store clinics and after competitions like Microsoft and Google failed to start their streaming game platforms on the iPhone due to Apple’s contentious rules.

Apple has barred catalogues of programs within apps but said on Friday that it would allow streaming sport companies to produce such catalogue apps. However, every game within the catalogue must nevertheless be made to its own standalone app and use Apple’s in-app payment method.

Google and Microsoft did not immediately return requests for comment.

Other rule changes include permitting one-on-one digital classes to be paid for outside of Apple’s payment system, though classes taught to a group still needs to utilise Apple’s system and cover its own fees. The change comes after the New York Times reported that ClassPass, that had aided users reserve in-person appointments at gyms, became subject to Apple’s fees.

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The new rules also let business programs like professional databases skip Apple’s payment method when selling to associations, but nevertheless require Apple’s payment system for earnings to individuals or families.

Apple also said that free standalone programs connected to a paid service away from the app – such as cloud or Email storage services – do not need to use its payment system”provided there is no purchasing inside the app, or calls to action for purchase outside of the app.”

The change comes after manufacturers of paid email service Hey publicly criticised Apple for refusing to let its free companion app in the App Store.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Apple revises its contentious App Store guidelines‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco. Additional reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru. Editing by Grant McCool and Leslie Adler.

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