Commission on applications: Apple makes a new concession
Apple has made a further concession on its disputed commission in favor of companies that give online courses to individuals through applications on the devices of the technology giant, accused by some companies and elected politicians of abuse of dominant position. ” Apps that offer paid group events online and live must do so through in-app purchases, following our rules (…), but we had suspended this requirement until December 2020 ”, recalls the American group on Monday in a press release.
The exemption is extended until June 30, 2021, allowing online courses to save the 30% commission normally owed to Apple. Several major application publishers, including Epic Games (producer of the very popular Fortnite game), Deezer, Spotify or even Match Group (publisher of the Tinder dating service), are crusading against the “Apple tax”, which they consider too high and unfair. The iPhone manufacturer systematically replies to them that these costs are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of its download platform (“App Store”), in particular the security of the payment system.
A major concession for small developers
But last week Apple has already made a big concession, by halving its commission for small developers, who constitute the majority of publishers, according to the Apple brand. From January 1, 2021, the commission may thus be reduced to 15% on sales of applications in the App Store, as well as on purchases of digital goods and services within these apps, for developers who have not exceeded one million dollars in revenue (after these fees) in the previous year.
The 30% commission on iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, is equivalent to the commission on the Google app store. But on Android, publishers can more easily bypass Google’s “Play Store”, via other platforms. Epic Games, which in August tried to bypass Apple’s payment system and therefore mandatory fees, saw Fortnite immediately be banned from the App Store. The two Californian groups are on their way to a trial that could take place in July 2021.