Hold On! Gimme A Sec

Apple allowing apps like Netflix and Spotify to share a link to the web for account sign-up isn’t enough, according to some developers.

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Apple announced on Wednesday evening that beginning in early 2022, developers of “reader” apps will be able to include an in-app link to their website for users to set up or manage accounts. According to Apple, “Reader” apps like Netflix, Spotify, and the Amazon Kindle app allow users to access previously purchased or subscription-based content for digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video.

Following Apple’s announcement, some developers have stated that the company’s decision is insufficient.

For starters, some have chastised Apple for allowing developers to share only “a single link” to their website in order to assist users in setting up and managing their accounts. According to The Irish Independent’s Adrian Weckler, Apple is still considering the types of wording it will allow developers to use for these links, but some developers are skeptical that Apple will allow them to mention that customers can save money by signing up outside of the app.

Given that Apple’s in-app link allowance will be limited to “now have to subsidise all these big publishers” apps, many of which are owned by large corporations, Tweetbot co-creator Paul Haddad expressed disappointment that smaller developers “reader” Apple’s 15 percent to 30 percent commission on in-app purchases of digital goods, as well as developers’ inability to offer their own payment methods through the App Store, are at the heart of the complaints.

Other developers and critics have expressed that Apple is doing the “minimum” possible to address longstanding App Store antitrust concerns.

Apple said its decision to allow “reader” apps to include an in-app link to their website for account management ends an investigation by the Japan Fair Trade Commission into possible antitrust violations, though the change will be implemented globally.

Apple’s announcement about “reader” apps came less than a week after the company reached a $100 million settlement with US developers in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Apple has a monopoly on the distribution of iOS apps and in-app purchases, which is still pending court approval. As part of the settlement, Apple said it would make a few App Store changes, such as allowing developers to email customers about payment options outside of their iOS app, but some developers were not pleased with the concessions.

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